TSX-V: NZ     C$ 0.17 +0.01 +3.03% Volume: 315,764 April 16, 2014
New Zealand Energy Corp. also trades on the OTCQX International under symbol NZERF
About-NZEC
About NZEC

Management Team

NZEC is led by an experienced senior management team with a strong track record of success in oil and natural gas exploration and development. The team has individually and collectively added corporate value in a number of oil and gas ventures over the past several decades in both New Zealand and North America.

To reduce technical risk and maximize the chances of success at its properties, NZEC made the strategic decision to seek out and engage the best in-country talent, and believes it has assembled the strongest technical team in New Zealand’s oil and natural gas industry with seven geologists, geophysicists and logistics experts. This team initially operated as Ian R Brown Associates, the country’s leading oil and natural gas consulting company, which offered the full range of technical skills as well as expertise in logistics and indigenous issues.

NZEC also acquired a high-quality geologic and seismic database, and as a result has both the information and in-house expertise required to systematically target and explore the oil and gas showings on its properties.

John Proust , , CDir , , Chief Executive Officer

John Proust is the founder and principal shareholder of numerous public and private companies and has advised public and private companies with respect to debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring since 1986. John has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and corporate governance. John has served on numerous boards and in several senior operating positions for both private and public companies. John is currently Chairman and a director of Canada Energy Partners; Chairman, CEO and a director of Southern Arc Minerals; and Chairman and Interim CEO of Eagle Hill Exploration. John received the designation of Chartered Director (CDir) from McMaster University, Directors College, Michael G. DeGroote School of Business.

Derek Gardiner , , CA , , Chief Financial Officer

Derek joined the Company in January 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Derek will oversee the Company’s finance, accounting, administration and risk management activities. Derek is a New Zealand Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with both a Bachelor and Master of Business Studies and more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in New Zealand, Australia and Asia. He has held senior financial, business planning and accounting positions with Origin Energy NZ, Austral Pacific Energy and a number of subsidiaries of Shell. Most recently he was Commercial & Finance Manager with Origin Energy NZ. Mr. Gardiner brings significant governance, strategy, reporting and analysis experience to NZEC. He also brings strong leadership skills and experience managing joint venture arrangements.

Mike Oakes , , , General Manager Operations

Mike Oakes has worked in the oil and gas industry for 33 years in Canada, Brunei, Australia and New Zealand. Commencing his career as a field technician in New Zealand, he has advanced to hold various operational, technical, safety and management positions within exploration and production companies. Mike's vast experience and technical background has resulted in him overseeing design, commissioning and startup of four oil and gas production facilities. During his three years in Canada, Mike was involved with acquisitions and mergers, and developing strategies for development of marginal oil and gas plays. Following Canada, Mike moved to Brunei where he formed his own consultancy company working for French exploration and production company Giant Total, where he was responsible for commissioning, production and engineering for the Maharaja offshore and onshore facilities. After completing six years in Brunei, Mike returned to New Zealand to work for Origin Energy as Operations Manager and Asset Manager overseeing the development and operation of Origin's oil and gas assets and production facilities in New Zealand. As General Manager Operations for NZEC, Mike will oversee exploration and will be responsible for all producing wells and operation of the Waihapa Production Station. He is also a board member of the Petroleum Skills Association of NZ (PSANZ).

Gerrie van der Westhuizen , , CA , , Vice President Finance

Gerrie has worked for the company since November 2012 as Vice President Finance. Gerrie oversees the Company’s regulatory financial reporting and maintains the appropriate internal controls over financial reporting. In addition, Gerrie assists the New Zealand operations team on matters related to corporate finance, treasury management, the implementation of the appropriate enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) software and enhancing various business process controls. Gerrie is a Chartered Accountant, designated in Canada and South Africa, with considerable experience in the natural resource industry, having been involved with organizations producing base, precious and alternative metals and minerals. Gerrie has held progressively senior positions within public accounting and industry and garnered significant experience in statutory reporting, including executing multiple IFRS conversion projects and championing SOX404 initiatives, equity offerings and IPOs. He has also been responsible for treasury management within complex debt structures and has managed multi-jurisdictional tax compliance and the implementation of fully integrated multi-currency ERP systems.

Ian Brown , , BSc (Hons), MPhil, DEng, CPEng, MIPENZ , , General Manager, Development & Corporate Affairs

Ian Brown was the Chief Operating Officer of NZEC from March 2011, and in November 2013 was appointed General Manager, Development & Corporate Affairs when the Company restructured its New Zealand team. Since 1985 he directed Ian R. Brown Associates Limited, a geological engineering consulting company with offices in Wellington, New Zealand and Vancouver, Canada. Ian has been involved with resource investigation and development activities as a consultant for a number of resource companies in New Zealand. Ian is a graduate of the University of Canterbury and University of Auckland, New Zealand, as well as the University of California at Berkeley. He is a chartered professional engineer and a member of the Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand.

Rhylin Bailie , , BES , , Vice President Communications & Investor Relations

Rhylin Bailie manages the communications and investor relations programs for New Zealand Energy, Eagle Hill Exploration and Southern Arc Minerals as an employee of J. Proust & Associates, a public company management and venture capital company. Rhylin has more than 18 years of experience in the resource sector and brings a diverse skill set to her investor relations position. From 1995 to 2006 she was part of Placer Dome’s Finance group and managed the back office of Placer Dome’s Treasury department. She joined the investor relations team at NovaGold Resources in 2006 and assumed full responsibility for NovaGold’s investor relations and communications program in early 2010. Rhylin has also worked as a freelance editor and writer for 10 years, editing mostly academic textbooks and providing investor relations consulting and writing services to smaller resource companies. She used her environmental background to introduce a number of green initiatives at NovaGold, including a head office health and safety program, a formal corporate sustainability program and comprehensive sustainability reporting. Rhylin is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Ontario, where she completed a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree with a double major in Resource Studies and Biology and a minor in English. She is a Board member of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute, British Columbia Chapter.

Susan Bass , , LLB , , Legal Counsel

Susan joined NZEC in February 2013 as Legal Counsel and has since been appointed an officer of the Company. Susan has both a Bachelor and Master of Law and initially worked as a solicitor in private practice in New Zealand for five years. In 2004 Susan moved into an in-house corporate law position, taking on progressively senior roles with Contact Energy until joining NZEC in 2013. As Legal Counsel, Susan provides legal support, oversees corporate governance and regulatory compliance, and assists with commercial negotiations and contract drafting and administration.

Eileen Au , , BSc , , Corporate Secretary

Eileen Au currently serves as Corporate Secretary to various public and private companies as an employee of J. Proust & Associates, a public company management and venture capital company. Eileen worked in the capital markets in Asia for more than 10 years, beginning her career at an international brokerage firm before moving to regional Asian firms. She is currently the Corporate Secretary of Canada Energy Partners, Southern Arc Minerals and Eagle Hill Exploration, all TSX-V listed companies. She is also a Director of Charlotte Resources. Eileen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Acadia University.

About New Zealand Energy Corp.

NZEC is a publicly-traded company (TSX-V:NZ, OTCQX:NZERF) focused on the production and exploration of oil and natural gas prospects in New Zealand.

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