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New Zealand Energy Announces Oil Discovery in Taranaki Basin

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

New Zealand Energy Announces Oil Discovery in Taranaki Basin

07:00 EDT Wednesday, April 03, 2013

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 3, 2013) - New Zealand Energy Corp. (TSX VENTURE:NZ)(OTCQX:NZERF) ("NZEC" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company has made its sixth oil discovery in the Taranaki Basin of New Zealand's North Island.

NZEC commenced testing the Arakamu-2 well in mid-March and swab tested two intervals for a total of 13 days. The well demonstrated strong inflow of oil, gas and water with the oil cut increasing, averaging more than 20% over the last three days of swab testing. The well has produced a total of 407 barrels of 42° API oil to date. As a result of the well producing both oil and water artificial lift is required, and the well is currently shut in pending installation of artificial lift.

The Arakamu-2 well was drilled to a measured depth of 2,380 metres (1,870 metres true vertical depth) and encountered approximately 18 metres of net pay over two separate intervals in the Mt. Messenger Formation. Perforation of the upper interval demonstrated good inflow but sand entered the wellbore and the tubing string and perforating gun became stuck. Following extensive workover operations the tubing string and perforating gun were successfully recovered.

"We are pleased to announce a successful outcome at the Arakamu-2 well, with a new oil discovery that will add to NZEC's production and cash flow," said John Proust, Chief Executive Officer of NZEC. "While this well has certainly posed more than its share of challenges, every well that we drill provides additional information and well control that will help guide future exploration in the Taranaki Basin."

On behalf of the Board of Directors

Bruce McIntyre, Executive Director

About New Zealand Energy Corp.

NZEC is an oil and natural gas company engaged in the production, development and exploration of petroleum and natural gas assets in New Zealand. NZEC's property portfolio collectively covers approximately 2.25 million acres (including pending permits) of conventional and unconventional prospects in the Taranaki Basin and East Coast Basin of New Zealand's North Island. The Company's management team has extensive experience exploring and developing oil and natural gas fields in New Zealand and Canada. NZEC plans to add shareholder value by executing a technically disciplined exploration and development program focused on the onshore and offshore oil and natural gas resources in the politically and fiscally stable country of New Zealand. NZEC is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "NZ" and on the OTCQX International under the symbol "NZERF". More information is available at www.newzealandenergy.com or by emailing info@newzealandenergy.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking information and forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities legislation (collectively "forward-looking statements"). The use of any of the words "will", "will add", "pending", "is required", and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements, including without limitation, the speculative nature of exploration, appraisal and development of oil and natural gas properties; uncertainties associated with estimating oil and natural gas resources; uncertainties in both daily and long-term production rates and resulting cash flow; volatility in market prices for oil and natural gas; changes in the cost of operations, including costs of extracting and delivering oil and natural gas to market, that affect potential profitability of oil and natural gas exploration; the need to obtain various approvals before exploring and producing oil and natural gas resources; the need to obtain government approval of work programs before exploring or developing properties; uncertainty in the timing of receipt of permits and the Company's ability to extend the permits if required; exploration hazards and risks inherent in oil and natural gas exploration; operating hazards and risks inherent in oil and natural gas operations; market conditions that prevent the Company from raising the funds necessary for exploration and development on acceptable terms or at all; global financial market events that cause significant volatility in commodity prices; unexpected costs or liabilities for environmental matters; competition for, among other things, capital, acquisitions of resources, skilled personnel, and access to equipment and services required for exploration, development and production; changes in exchange rates, laws of New Zealand or laws of Canada affecting foreign trade, taxation and investment; failure to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions; and other factors as disclosed in documents released by NZEC as part of its continuous disclosure obligations. Information concerning reserves may also be deemed to be forward looking as estimates imply that the reserves described can be profitably produced in the future. NZEC believes the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct. Such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These statements speak only as of the date of this news release and NZEC does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are contained in this news release, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as such term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information:
New Zealand Energy Corp.
Bruce McIntyre
Executive Director
North American Toll-Free: 1-855-630-8997
info@newzealandenergy.com


New Zealand Energy Corp.
John Proust
Chief Executive Officer and Director
North American Toll-Free: 1-855-630-8997
info@newzealandenergy.com


New Zealand Energy Corp.
Rhylin Bailie
Vice President Communications & Investor Relations
North American Toll-Free: 1-855-630-8997
info@newzealandenergy.com
www.newzealandenergy.com

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