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NZ Petroleum & Minerals

For information on the management of the Government’s oil, gas and mineral resources, visit NZ Petroleum & Minerals.

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Natural resources

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.



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Oil and gas

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.

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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.

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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.

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Biodiscovery is a form of prospecting, but instead of looking for gold, biodiscoverers are looking for something of value in biological material.

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