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New Zealand's extended continental shelf line defined by the United Nations Law of the Sea Submission Article 76
New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is the area of sea and seabed that extends from 12 to 200 nautical miles offshore. It is the fifth largest EEZ (approximately 430 million hectares) in the world, about 15 times the size of our land mass. United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.