The government's goal is for responsible development of both renewable and non-renewable energy resources. Developing a mix of energy options positions New Zealand for higher economic growth and a lower-emissions future.
Read about the government’s energy priorities in the New Zealand Energy Strategy 2011-2021.
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Review of the Crown Minerals Act regime
The government's review of the Crown Minerals Act regime is one of a number of steps being taken to strengthen management of oil, gas and minerals resources.
View the latest news for the Natural resources sector or search for archived items.
Oil is a major export earner for the country and gas is an important input into the domestic economy. Through the work of the Petroleum Action Plan, New Zealand will have a world-leading system for managing oil and gas exploration and production.
New Zealand is a mineral rich country, with a large variety of mineral deposits. Given the size of the potential, the environmentally responsible development of our resource could be important to our economy.
Geothermal energy is extracted from heat deep beneath the earth’s surface. New Zealand is particularly rich in geothermal energy. Read a background and history of geothermal energy use in New Zealand.
Biodiscovery is a form of prospecting, but instead of looking for gold, biodiscoverers are looking for something of value in biological material.