COMPANIES applying for new exploration permits offshore New Zealand can now use the online permitting system, launched for the latest permitting round.

New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals general manager James Stevenson-Wallace said the system would replace the previous form-based model the government department had used.

“Being able to apply for new permits and change existing permits online should make it easier to do business; and the range of reports the new system offers will also help permit holders meet their permit obligations.

Nonetheless, the department has updated manual forms and supporting documentation for groups unwilling to use the new system. The forms are available on the NZP&M website.