Community Counts

New Zealand Community

TAG Oil recognizes that operating in New Zealand, and particularly within our surrounding communities, is a privilege granted to us by the government and people of New Zealand. And while we manage our business in a way that promotes economic benefits for our stakeholders, we never discount our social and environmental responsibilities.

Need Support?

If you need sponsorship for a good cause that fits with TAG’s commitment to the community and the wellbeing of New Zealand’s kids and families, contact Max Murray.

The TAG Oil community.

We’re proud of the economic benefits we contribute through those who work with us, the local economy, and the local gas we provide to Taranaki. It’s a priority for senior members of our team to make themselves available and to engage with local groups to facilitate open communication and eliminate misinformation.

While we work to the highest standards for safety and environmental protection TAG is always mindful that oil and gas exploration impacts people’s property. Our aim is to be a positive contributor to the communities we operate in and to be a good a neighbour. We are involved in a number of community initiatives from formal partnerships, sponsorships and scholarships, to good-neighbor activities such as soundproofing and containing flare at drill sites at production stations. We support the communities where we live and work, so to date most of our direct community support has been focused on Ngaere. This will expand as our operations grow. View our Community blog posts.

TAG Oil Tough Kids Challenge

TAG Oil Tough Kids 2016 Rule!

Back in December, summer in New Zealand, yet another crop of 1,500 students took on the TAG Oil Tough Kid Challenge, a giant obstacle course and physical challenge at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth. We posted the news about 2015’s Challenge, but missed the amazing drone video of the event, which we’re sharing now in honor of the 2016 competition. 

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Summer Study Programme

Over the 2015 / 2016 New Zealand summer, now coming to a close, TAG Oil Ltd. has been home to engineering student Cody Brown, accounting student Sam Pearce, and geology students Henry Nagel and Nathan Murray.


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Dairy Farmer Talks about TAG Oil Partnership

In 2012, TAG Oil approached New Zealand dairy farmer, Jane O’Neill, about leasing a portion of her farm. Cheal-E has been in operation since 2013 and Ms. O’Neill couldn’t be happier.

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Sponsoring the Taranaki Axemen

TAG Oil is proud to have sponsored the double-hand saw event hosted by the Taranaki Axemen in November. What are the Axemen, you may ask? Much as it sounds, it’s a New Zealand club dedicated to the sport of …

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TAG Oil Community Involvement, Geology Rocks!

Youth Involvement

17 lucky students and four teachers got an in-the-field perspective of why Geology Rocks. The program, run by the Hawkes Bay Branch of the Royal Society, harnessed local educational resources such as….

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How to be an Economic Force for Good

It’s one of my top priorities for TAG Oil to conduct its business in a socially and environmentally responsible way for the benefit of all stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, business partners, host and home governments, and local communities. I personally strive to, and encourage staff as well, to continuously improve…

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TAG Oil support local sports in the New Zealand community.

Local Sports

TAG sponsors the Taranaki Rugby Football Union, cheering our team to  Ranfurly Shield victory in 2011, the 2014 ITM Cup Championships, and donating stadium flares in 2014.

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TAG Oil fosters positive business partnerships.

Local Partnerships

TAG and the Ngati Ruanui, whose traditional tribal lands extend from Hawera to Stratford, in the Taranaki, sign a formal partnership agreement. This was a high priority for TAG, and we worked diligently to form the foundation for a long, strong and mutually beneficial relationship for years to come.

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TAG Oil economic support.

Economic Support

New Zealand PM John Key autographs hardhats at TAG’s official opening of the expanded gas production plant at the Cheal-A site. “Taranaki is a magnificent example of the energy industry’s potential to create employment and income. The region shows that if you get it right, there’s huge potential for a safe, environmentally sensible and highly productive way of bringing wealth to New Zealand.”

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