Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discusses the impact of an end to offshore oil exploration, while Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones, the self-described "first citizen of the provinces" makes his discomfort clear.
Opposition energy spokesman Jonathan Young said gas helped ensure New Zealand's electricity supply and when existing reserves ran out in 10 years it would be forced to import emissions-heavy alternatives such as coal.
The move will not affect existing permits for exploration or extraction, meaning the industry is likely to continue in the nation for several more decades.
NZOG is the permit-holder for the Barque exploration prospect, off the Canterbury coast, which Energy Minister Megan Woods said today held potentially "trillions of cubic metres of gas" which could still be exploited if NZOG made a discovery there.
New Zealand's oil and gas industry contributes NZ$2.5 billion (US$1.8 billion) to its GDP, according to PEPANZ, an organisation which represents the country's petroleum industry.
Greenpeace New Zealand executive director, Russel Norman, said the decision was a "huge win" for climate.
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Their argument is that New Zealand is a relatively tiny producer of oil and gas, and what it doesn't produce in the future will quickly and easily be taken up by other countries.
"The challenge for the industry and the government now is to provide a just transition for a clean energy future, which can provide jobs and a big boost to our economy".
However, Ms Ardern said in a Facebook Live message that the new policy was "drawing a line in the sand" and would allow the country to plan for the future.
The idea of an expansion in offshore drilling has proved contentious in New Zealand, particularly after problems elsewhere like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
"You force New Zealanders to purchase petroleum products off foreigners, who in many cases, don't have the same level of regulation that we do".
"This decision is devoid of any rationale".
No jobs lost, no economics rights stripped, exploration to continue for years and a temporary reprieve in the region most dependent on oil exploration. "We are disappointed that onshore Taranaki, where communities have to deal with ongoing fracking and exploration, is exempt from the ban, and that existing offshore exploration contracts will remain", he said.