The Crown has the right and the responsibility to regulate the transfer of rights to Crown-owned minerals to prospectors, explorers, and miners.

The purpose of so doing is to maximise the benefit for NZ from the minerals industry – as per the purpose statement (section 1A) to the Crown Minerals Act 1991.

In recent years the Crown minerals regulator has introduced guidelines for interpreting the minerals permitting regime, an online permit management system, has been reducing the backlog of permit applications, stepping up on compliance, and has been making new areas of land available for exploration. All of this work is supported, and on these and other matters, the regulator has been engaging actively with Straterra. There is much more work to do – good things take time.