Legislation we act under

We are responsible for administering the Crown Minerals Act 1991, related regulations, and the minerals and petroleum programmes. Collectively, these are referred to as the Crown minerals legislation.

This legislation consists of:

The Act

The Regulations

The Programmes

The Minerals Programme for Petroleum and the Minerals Programme for Minerals (Excluding Petroleum) give detail about how decision-makers will interpret and apply specified provisions of the Act.

The Programmes set out the policies and procedures followed for the allocation of mineral resources and managing permit changes. They also set out requirements for consultation with iwi and hapū, including the matters that must be consulted on (such as specified permit applications) and consultation principles.

Where there is any inconsistency between the Programmes and the Act, decision-makers must act in accordance with the Act.

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