Review of Crown Minerals Act 1991

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Submissions due: 27 January 2020, 5pm

Submissions are now invited on the discussion document for the Review of the Crown Minerals Act 1991. The review seeks to ensure the Act’s settings contribute to mining that responsibly balances environmental, social, and economic considerations and meets the evolving needs of New Zealand’s society.

About the consultation

The Review is one of the actions the Government is undertaking to realise the vision in  the 10-year Resource Strategy of a world-leading environmentally and socially responsible minerals and petroleum sector that delivers affordable and secure resources, for the benefit of current and future New Zealanders.

The discussion document asks over 40 questions across 8 chapters:

  1. Role and purpose statement of the CMA
  2. Balancing the rights, interests and activities of marine users
  3. Ensuring offshore petroleum permits contribute to a managed transition
  4. Community Participation
  5. Māori engagement and involvement in Crown minerals
  6. Compliance and enforcement
  7. Improving petroleum sector regulation
  8. Technical amendments

Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods intends to report back to Cabinet early 2020 with proposed amendments and new legislation is planned to be introduced in 2020.

What happens after you have sent your submission?

Officials from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will collect all submissions sent by the closing date. These submissions will be analysed and will help to develop the final proposals for the Government to consider.

How submissions will be used (important to read)

The information provided in submissions will be used to inform the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE’s) work on the Review of the Crown Minerals Act 1991 (the Review).

We will upload the submissions we receive and publish them on our website.  If your submission contains any sensitive information that you do not want published, please indicate this in your submission.

The Privacy Act 1993 applies to submissions. Any personal information you supply to MBIE in the course of making a submission will only be known by the team working on the Review of the Crown Minerals Act 1991.

Submissions may be requested under the Official Information Act 1982. Submissions provided in confidence can usually be withheld. MBIE will consult with submitters when responding to requests under the Official Information Act 1982.

How to make a submission

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) seeks submissions by 27 January 2020.

We will accept submissions in any form but we encourage using our online survey which will assist with the collation of submissions.

If you choose to make a submission without using the online survey, please include your name and (if applicable) the name of your organisation in your submission, as well as contact details so that we can follow up if we have further questions. If you would like your personal details to remain confidential, please state this in your submission.

Your submission may respond to any or all of the issues in this paper, or raise issues not covered in the paper. Where possible, please include evidence to support your views, for example references to independent research, facts and figures, or relevant examples.

You can make your submission by one of these means:

Resource Markets Policy

Building, Resources and Markets

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

PO Box 1473

Wellington 6140

New Zealand

If you are unable to access or use the online survey, please contact us at to make other arrangements to receive your electronic submission.

If you have any questions about the submissions process, contact us at