Stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act
About 40 percent of New Zealand’s known mineral potential is estimated to be in areas listed in Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act, which are closed to most mineral-related activity.
On 22 March 2010, a discussion paper was released seeking public feedback on 7,058 hectares of land considered for removal from Schedule 4 and on 12,400 hectares of land being considered for addition to the schedule, as well as a number of related policy initiatives.
A total of 37,532 submissions were received on the discussion paper – 32,318 form submissions from individuals using standardised templates provided by organisations such as Greenpeace and Forest & Bird, and 5,234 unique submissions made by individuals and organisations.
After careful consideration of the feedback received in submissions, the final decisions in relation to the Schedule 4 process were announced on 20 July 2010: No land to be removed from Schedule 4.
On 20 July 2010, the government announced the outcome of consultation on the Schedule 4 Stocktake discussion paper.
Questions and answers about the Schedule 4 stocktake and the decisions government made following public consultation.
Public feedback was sought on the proposals discussed in the following discussion paper (and appendices).