This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order, which comes into force on 25 January 2006, delineates the boundaries of the continental shelf of New Zealand in those areas where it currently overlaps with the continental shelf of Australia. The order gives effect to provisions of a treaty with Australia concluded on 25 July 2004.
The continental shelf is the seabed and subsoil that extends beyond the territorial sea to the outer edge of the continental margin or to a point 200 nautical miles from the coast (whichever is greater). A coastal State has exclusive rights over minerals and sedentary living resources in its continental shelf.