We have a central role in governing, monitoring and advising on the gas market to ensure that gas is delivered in a safe, efficient, fair, reliable and environmentally sustainable manner.
The Gas Industry Company
We oversee and monitor the activities of the Gas Industry Company (GIC), which was established in 2004 as the gas industry body under Part 4A of the Gas Act 1992.
The GIC develops and makes recommendations to the Minister of Energy and Resources under the co-regulatory governance arrangements applying to the downstream gas industry.
We assess recommendations made by the GIC on:
- gas processing
- distribution and retailing
- administering parts of the Gas Act 1992.
Several other regulatory agencies also have oversight of aspects of the gas sector:
- Energy Safety(external link), part of WorkSafe, is responsible for the administration and development of parts of the Gas Act, and for regulations and Codes of Practice relating to safety, quality and measurement of gas.
- The Commerce Commission administers information disclosure and default/customised price-quality regulation, under Part 4 of the Commerce Act 1986 that applies to gas pipeline services companies.
- The Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner(external link) offers an independent and free service for electricity and gas complaints. By law, all gas retailers and distributers must be members of this scheme.
- Compare the price plans of gas retailers in your area at Consumer NZ's Powerswitch(external link) website.
- New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals(external link) manages the Crown's oil, gas, mineral and coal resources, and promotes investment in those resources.
In this section
This page is about gas security, a review of the Maui pipeline outage and a gas disruption study the government commissioned.
The gas market is governed by regulations and rules jointly developed by the Gas Industry Company and the government.
Natural gas underpins electricity supply security, supports a substantial petrochemical manufacturing sector and is used by many export industries and over 266,000 consumers.
Gas distributors may need to apply for gas operator status to perform certain activities in some areas.
On May 12 2019 we released a consultation document titled “Options for amending the Gas Act 1992”. Consultation ended on 12 June 2019. The discussion document looked at ensuring the Gas Act 1992 is fit-for-purpose in regulating the use of emerging technologies and alternative fuels in New Zealand.