Advocate Educate Support

The Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ) is the industry association of the upstream oil and gas sector, representing the companies that explore for, and produce, New Zealand’s oil and gas resources.

What does PEPANZ do?

We aim to secure conditions that enable Member companies to operate safely, sustainably and profitably.

We work with central and local government to ensure the country’s regulatory and commercial framework promotes investment and maximises the return to both industry and the community from developing the nation’s oil and gas resources.

Our work is focussed on three key themes: Advocate, Educate and Support. Through these themes, we aim to create for the industry a fair, transparent and workable regulatory environment, the trust and confidence of New Zealanders and tangible value for our Members.


Fair, transparent and workable regulatory environment

Policies needed to responsibly advance the sector are understood and advanced

Specific issues resolved (e.g. decomissioning regulations, EEZ regulations and guidance to Maritime Transport Rules)

Sensible district plans

Evidence-based, consistent, fair and stable policy settings for marine use and protection

Economically and environmentally reasonable and rational framework for emissions reduction

Effective relationships with key stakeholders


Trusted by New Zealanders

Regarded as an authoritative and reasonable voice in the debate about the future of energy and the environment

Increase public knowledge, favourability and trust in the sector

Promote evidence-based discussions about the sector and its role in providing energy and reducing emissions

Effective relationships with key stakeholders


Valued by Members

Increased networking opportunities for Members

Responsible and responsive to Members

Relevant and regular communication with Members

Outstanding conference

More guidelines developed

Effective relationships with Members

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PEPANZ is proud to run, a website providing accessible and easy to understand information on New Zealand’s oil and gas sector.

$1.5 billion
of oil exported
from New Zealand annually

jobs provided
creating 7x average value per job

$2.4 billion
to New Zealand
annual gross domestic product

$500 m
in royalties
and taxes from oil & gas