Geoheat Strategy For Aotearoa NZ, 2017-2030

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Strategy implementation is well underway. See here for some presentations.

Actions that are a focus for 2020 and 2021 are identified in the Action Plan that is available here.

Why geothermal direct use?

In New Zealand, direct geothermal is used in timber industries, food processing, agriculture, aquaculture, heating, tourism, and health and balneology.

Currently there is about 8 PJ/y of energy in direct geothermal heat use applications.


  • The demonstrated technological, economic and environmental benefits of direct geothermal use.
  • That we have geothermal resources with significant untapped heat potential that can be used to:
    • supply new and existing businesses with heat;
    • attract industries to take advantage of New Zealand’s geothermal assets with the flow on environmental benefits;
    • create employment in the ventures that use the geothermal energy and business that service the ventures

NZGA believes that there is potential for a significant increase in Geothermal Direct Use.

Why a Strategy?

Action associated with the Geoheat Strategy seeks to unlock potential, capitalise on interest in renewable energy, assist in coordinating effort and resources of both industry and the government in increasing direct geothermal energy utilisation and associated jobs and employment.

Achieving the goals of the Geoheat Strategy will assist in meeting New Zealand’s energy needs from renewable sources, contribute to economic and social development in regional New Zealand, and further increase renewable and clean energy use which will assist in meeting our 2030 greenhouse gas reduction commitments.




NZGW November 2018 – 60 years of direct use at Wairakei-Tauhara

Geothermal Resources Council Oct 2018 – Geothermal Direct Heat Use in Kawerau NZ

NZ Association of Properties of Water and Steam May 2018 – Industrial Use of Geothermal Energy in Kawerau

Chemeca 2018 – Geothermal Energy In NZ Process Industries
Woodtech 2018 – Using Geothermal Energy as Process heat for Kiln Drying Operations