Who does what in the EEZ

See which local and central government agencies are involved at each stage of your work.

New Zealand's oceans are split into three areas:

  • The Territorial Sea - 0 to 12 nautical miles offshore.
  • The Exclusive Economic Zone - 12 to 200 nautical miles offshore.
  • The Continental Shelf - the area where New Zealand’s submerged landmass extends beyond the Exclusive Economic Zone.

We share responsibility for managing petroleum and mineral activities in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf with five other government agencies and 16 regional councils.

Territorial boundaries

Map showing the boundaries of the Territorial Sea, Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf around New Zealand

Map showing the boundaries of the Territorial Sea, Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf around New Zealand

Roles of local and central government

Graphic showing the responsibilities of local and central government during stages of exploration and mining activities

Graphic showing the responsibilities of local and central government during stages of exploration and mining activities