The permit contains identified leads from the Pakawau, Kapuni and Moki Formations.
Four wells were drilled in the area, including three in the 1970s by NZ Aquitaine Petroleum Ltd soon after the Maui field was discovered in 1969.
Though a considerable amount of seismic data was obtained in the area from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, there has been little exploration in the area since then.
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