WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals has replaced Crown Minerals, which managed the petroleum and minerals estate on behalf of the Crown. The new, larger business unit remains within the Ministry of Economic Development.
Capability building will be focused across four directorates, one each focused on the petroleum and minerals resource portfolios, and two cross-cutting groups focused on geological information and business services. Staff numbers are expected to increase from around 40 to around 70 over time. The general manager will report directly to the Ministry’s chief executive David Smol.
The Ministry has appointed Robert Pigou as transition manager, until a general manager is appointed.