Obtaining consent for the South Taranaki Bight Project
Anyone proposing to extract Crown-owned minerals on land or offshore in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone and extended continental shelf, must first gain authorisation under the relevant legislation. The proposed South Taranaki Bight Project requires:
- A mining permit under the Crown Minerals Act 1991 - we were granted a tier 1 mining permit in May 2014
- Marine resource consent under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act (EEZ Act).
Application for marine resource consent under the EEZ Act
The EEZ Act forms part of New Zealand's marine management regime.
The marine consent process consists of a number of stages. These include:
- Prelodgement discussions - before lodging an application for resource consent
- Acceptance of the application
- Public notification
- Submission of application
- Hearing and consideration of the application by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
The timeframe for processing consent applications is specified in the Act. When a marine consent is granted, the EPA monitors the project to ensure compliance with the consent conditions. It has power to take enforcement action if these are not met.
All naturally occurring gold, silver, coal and other metallic and non-metallic minerals and aggregates, on land and offshore in New Zealand's EEZ and extended continental shelf are owned by the Crown.
Provision and rates for paying royalties on these, is set out in the Crown Minerals (Royalties for Minerals Other than Petroleum) Regulations 2013.
The Act is administered by New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals, part of the Ministry of Business, innovation and Employment (MBIE). It sets the broad legislative policy for mineral allocation, prospecting, exploration and mining of Crown-owned minerals in New Zealand.
Health and safety requirements
Our project would also be subject to, and adhere to the:
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
- Maritime Transport Act 1994
- Biosecurity Act 1993.