Story: Law of the sea

New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone

As a result of UNCLOS 1982 New Zealand has an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 4 million square kilometres – the fourth largest in the world. This map shows how New Zealand’s offshore islands have been used as base points for calculating the zone. Coastal states could also claim the resources of the continental shelf even beyond the 200-mile EEZ limit, a possibility that New Zealand is currently investigating. The dotted lines indicate the additional areas New Zealand could claim under this provision.

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Bill Mansfield, 'Law of the sea - The benefits for New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/6967/new-zealands-exclusive-economic-zone (accessed 19 April 2019)

Story by Bill Mansfield, published 12 Jun 2006