New Zealand has sovereign rights over a vast area of ocean, along with the fishery, mineral and petroleum resources that may exist in that area.
The definition of the limits of these waters is a complex task that is undertaken by LINZ in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Official digital maritime boundaries for New Zealand created by LINZ may be accessed from this website.
- Draft Maritime Boundaries Geospatial Metadata (attachment below)
- New Zealand Legislation: Territorial Sea [Contiguous Zone] and Exclusive Economic Zone Act 1977 and amendments Continental Shelf Act 1964 - select "T" in the Statutes of New Zealand alphabetical index, then scroll down.
- International: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982