The NZ government has just launched its so-called consultations with iwi, hapu and local authorities on its proposed 2014 Block Offer for oil and gas exploration permits (NZ Herald, 18 Sept 2013).
At the same time Parihaka whanau discussed the threat of up to 12 more wells being drilled nearby offshore by OMV and AWE noting that both these Austrian and Australian companies have caused oil spills here before. Parihaka’s stance remains firm.
Three onshore areas are proposed for consultation covering 15,416.76 km2 in total in the Taranaki, East Coast (North Island) and West Coast (South Island) regions. The onshore Taranaki area of consultation alone covers 2,403.43 km2.
Five offshore areas are proposed for consultation covering 418,523.51 km2 in total in the Reinga-Northland Basin, New Caledonia Basin, Taranaki Basin, Pegasus-East Coast Basin and the Great South-Canterbury Basin. The offshore Taranaki Basin area of consultation alone covers 55,032.44 km2 in total.