The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking submissions on its Draft Minerals Programme and Draft Petroleum Programme, to inform the Government's review of the Crown Minerals Act 1991 (CMA) regime.

The draft programmes set out how the Minister of Energy and Resources, the Chief Executive of MBIE, and New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals would apply the CMA, if amended in the way proposed by the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill, which is currently before the Commerce Select Committee. The Bill proposes numerous changes to the CMA, including introducing a new two-tiered system for permit management, to distinguish between the relatively small number of complex, higher-return petroleum and mineral activities (Tier 1 activities) and the larger number of lower-return industrial, small business, and hobby mineral operations (Tier 2 activities).

The draft programmes can be found here. Submissions are due with MBIE by 5 December.

The Bill is also currently open for submissions, with the Commerce Committee to report back to the House by 30 January 2013. Submissions on the Bill are due by 2 November.