Mining and conservation land
Public consultation on the stocktake of Schedule 4
Schedule 4 was added to the Crown Minerals Act in 1997 restricting exploration and mining activities in specified public conservation land administered by the Minister of Conservation.
Some land listed within Schedule 4 is thought to contain minerals of value that could contribute significantly to New Zealand’s economy. The Government sought public input about whether some of these areas should be removed from Schedule 4. Some land was also being considered for addition to Schedule 4.
Submissions closed on Wednesday 26 May 2010.
On 20 July 2010, the Government announced the outcome of consultation on the Maximising Our Minerals Potential: Stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act and Beyond discussion paper.
A full outline of the Government’s decisions, along with maps of the areas of land affected, can be accessed on the Ministry of Economic Development’s website:
Outcome of Schedule 4 stocktake process on MED website.