Minerals means all minerals, mineral substances, gold, silver, precious metals, ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, bauxite, phosphate, phosphate rock, diatomaceous earth, limestone, marble, coal, bitumen, lignite, precious stones, and petroleum existing in their natural state on or under the surface of any land; and includes any other substance existing in its natural state on or under the surface of any land which the Cabinet of Ministers from time to time, by notice in the Niue Island Gazette, declares to be a mineral for the purpose of this Part of this Act; but does not include—
(a) Any coral, common clay, common sand, common gravel, common stone, or common earth; or
Minerals: the words
“the Cabinet of Ministers” were substituted, as from 19 October 1974, for the words
“the Resident Commissioner” by section 2(2)(c) Niue Amendment Act 1974 (1974 No 43). See regulation 2 Niue Constitution Act Commencement Order 1974 (1974 No 43).
Petroleum includes any mineral oil or relative hydro-carbon and natural gas existing in its natural condition in strata; but does not include coal, helium, or bituminous shales, or other stratified deposits from which oil can be extracted by destructive distillation.