TAG Oil Appoints New Board Members

TAG Oil announced the appointment of Paul Infuso and Jim Smith to the board of directors.

Mr. Infuso, is an oil and gas executive with 23 years experience. Mr. Infuso has previously held executive and leadership positions with both Ulster Petroleum and Impact Energy, where he was responsible for creating significant value and growth.

Mr. Smith, a seasoned business executive, has over 30 years experience with public equity, financial management and reporting. He has been involved in the oil and gas industry at an executive level since 1983 and was instrumental in raising over 2 billion in equity and debt. Mr. Smith has formerly worked as CFO of Crestar Energy from its inception, Vice-President of Amoco Canada and as an executive for Dome Petroleum.

TAG Oil would like to acknowledge the contributions made by the outgoing Directors, Mr. Gordon Abougoush and Mr. Barry MacNeil and thank them for their valuable service.

Alan Hart, Chairman of TAG Oil stated, "Paul and Jim bring a wealth of expertise to the Company as well as representation within the Calgary oil and gas community. I look forward to working with them both, and our remaining Board members, to continue implementing TAG Oil's international growth strategy."

TAG Oil Ltd. is a Canadian exploration company with operations in the Taranaki and Canterbury basins of New Zealand. As at January 31, 2005 the Company had 10,784,581 shares outstanding (18,167,076 fully diluted).