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The Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf

New Zealand has one of the largest exclusive economic zones in the world. It is an area of ocean 20 times the size of our land mass. The EPA is responsible for managing the effects of specified restricted activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Continental Shelf.

About the EEZ
EEZ map. Used with permission of Land Information New Zealand.

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EEZ activities

Applications for EEZ activities

Read about applications for restricted EEZ activities including current and previous marine consent applications and rulings requests.

Previous applications

Previous applications

Applications for marine consents that have been processed by the EPA can be viewed on this page.

Reports on permitted activities

Find out more about activities that are permitted to occur in the EEZ including completed activities and those currently taking place.

EEZ map, used with permission of Land Information New Zealand.

About the EEZ

About the EEZ Act, the EPA's role, other marine management regimes, making objections, cost recovery policy, EEZ decision-makers.

Map of New Zealand's territorial waters.

Who does what in NZ's offshore waters

Learn how government agencies and regional councils manage oil, gas and mineral exploration and production in NZ waters.

Man in protective safety gear working on a rig.

Working in the EEZ and Continental Shelf

Marine consents, permitted activities, existing interests, Māori engagement, other legislation and agencies.

The multicore ‘spider’ is being hauled in through the starboard cutaway by the deck crew. NIWA - Owen Anderson.

Sticking to the rules

Rules for operating in the EEZ, permitted activities, marine consent, rulings, raising compliance concerns.

Image of people putting their hands up - hands raised in the air.

Having your say about activity in the EEZ

Anyone can make a submission on a publicly notified application for a marine consent.

Events and updates

Updates on EPA events and activities relating to the EEZ.

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