Community Panel

Ask us a question and we’ll share it, and our response here

‘What’s in our oceans? What do we know about biodiversity of the Southern oceans (health and quantity) including mammals, fishes, crustaceans, ocean plants, in terms of quantity, and their health?

- Southern Community Panel

Response from New Zealand Oil & Gas: The National Aquatic Biodiversity Information System is the Government’s response to this very question.  The site is an interactive web-based mapping tool. Users can map and display information about New Zealand's marine environment, species distributions and fisheries management. Drawing on over 900 maps you can zoom in on different regions and layer a vast range of data to build a picture of what’s in the region.  

We have approached the Ministry for Primary Industries as owner of the NABIS website, seeking their assistance to further explain the site and data sources, and respond to any further questions from the Panel and the wider public.  We will provide any further information here.


How do we, as locals, benefit from your activities? Won’t all the commercial success go offshore?


Our answer:

We’ve had feedback that local communities feel they bear some costs in development, and want to know what the benefits to the community would be. Our Community Panels asked us, via their annual Letter of Expectations, to address this issue.

We responded in four ways:

  • We improved communication about the financial benefits the industry has brought to New Zealand through the royalty regime, and highlighted the economic impact the industry has made in Taranaki. The Pepanz website, and publications such as Venture Taranaki’s The Wealth Beneath Our Feet demonstrate community benefits.
  • We commissioned a regional economic impact assessment of commercialising the Barque prospect (Clipper permit, off the Oamaru coast). The report was co-funded by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Clipper joint venture partner, Beach Energy. It drew on data from Beca, PrimePort Timaru, Methanex, Coogee, Ravensdown, Fonterra and others.  The report is available here
  • We adopted a new corporate policy
    Capturing Local Economic Benefit’. This policy commits us to proactively identify business opportunities for local communities, and work with them to help meet supplier requirements. For example, if we have a discovery we would expect to establish a local purchasing function, showing local business how they could take advantage of the contracting opportunities a development would bring. We can help local suppliers meet the quality, safety and social responsibility standards we require. Then, those benefits will extend to every part of the economy that interacts with those suppliers. If we lift the health and safety capability of someone who supplies us with transport, or scaffolding, or other services, then their business is improved for the long-term as well as ours.

  • We continue to invest in local sustainable community projects.