In recent years New Zealand has seen a sharp increase in Extractive Industry (oil, gas and mining) projects. The New Zealand government is strongly supportive of investment in the extractives sector and recently adopted a new code to manage industry in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
At the same time, there have been high profile demonstrations against mining by environmental groups and iwi/hapū. It is clear, too, that some iwi have been working with industry, particularly in Taranaki. Others have sought a treaty interest in petroleum.
The Innovative Legal Solutions project explores how recent developments in international law (particularly human rights law) provide insights into addressing the issues raised by extractive industry for iwi and hapū.