Roles and responsibilities of government agencies

This page lists government agencies with key maritime responsibilities and outlines their roles. It also lists other government agencies the Ministry for the Environment engages with on marine issues.

Who does what in New Zealand's offshore waters?

Learn about the roles and responsibilities of central and local government agencies in managing oil, gas and mineral exploration and production in the waters around New Zealand.

See the following New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals website pages

Who does what in New Zealand's offshore waters?

Offshore seismic surveying

Deep sea drilling

Seabed mining

Government agencies with key maritime responsibilities

Ministry for the Environment

The Ministry for the Environment is responsible for:

Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority is responsible for consenting, monitoring and enforcement under the EEZ Act.

Environmental Protection Authority website

Ministry for Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries is responsible for:

  • fisheries management
  • leading the development and implementation of the Fiordland Marine Area Biosecurity Plan.

Ministry for Primary Industries website

Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is responsible for:

  • marine reserves and threatened species
  • the implementation of the Fiordland Marine Area Monitoring Plan.

Department of Conservation website 

Ministry of Transport

The Ministry of Transport is responsible for the Maritime Transport Act 1994.

Ministry of Transport website

Maritime New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand is responsible for managing maritime transport and its effects.

Maritime New Zealand website

Regional councils

Regional councils are responsible for managing the territorial sea.

Environment Southland (Southland Regional Council) is also primarily responsible for managing the natural and physical resources of the Fiordland Marine Area.

Regional councils [Local Government New Zealand website]

Environment Southland website

National Maritime Coordination Centre

The National Maritime Coordination Centre is responsible for managing New Zealand's maritime surveillance. It is part of the New Zealand Customs Service.

National Marine Coordination Centre website

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is responsible for health and safety in the marine environment.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website

New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals

New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals is responsible for managing permits and licences for oil, gas and minerals. It is a branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. 

New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals website

Other government agencies the Ministry for the Environment engages with

The Ministry for the Environment also engages on maritime issues with the following government departments:

Find out more

Resource Management Act 1991 [New Zealand Legislation website]

New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010 [Department of Conservation website]
The Statement guides local authorities in their day to day management of the coastal environment.

Reviewed:
02/08/16