TAG Oil Appoints Seasoned Oil and Gas Executive as New Director

    VANCOUVER, April 24 /CNW/ - TAG Oil Ltd. (TSX-V:TAO / OTCBB: TAGOF) is
pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David Bennett as a director of the
Company. To facilitate this appointment, Jim Smith has tendered his
    Dave Bennett has led teams responsible for the discovery of a number of
new oil and gas fields. He has extensive technical, operational and executive
experience, and has enjoyed a successful 30-year career creating significant
value for oil and gas companies based in Australasia, Britain and Canada. Dr.
Bennett is a co-founder of Austral Pacific Energy Ltd. and was CEO from 1997
to 2005. During his tenure, he led the team that discovered several new oil
and gas fields currently under development in New Zealand's Taranaki Basin and
Papua New Guinea's Foreland Basin. In earlier years, with New Zealand Oil and
Gas Ltd., Dr. Bennett led the team that discovered the highly profitable
onshore Ngatoro and the major Kupe South offshore gas/condensate fields in the
Taranaki. He is presently involved in exploration activities in the East Coast
Basin of New Zealand and in the potential commercialization of the Douglas gas
discovery via a new pipeline from Papua New Guinea to Alcan's alumina refinery
in Gove, Australia.
    Dr. Bennett received a Bachelor of Arts (Natural Sciences) from Cambridge
University in 1968, a Master of Science in Exploration Geophysics from the
University of Leeds, and in 1973 a doctorate in Geophysics from the Australian
National University with post-doctoral work at the University of Texas
    He is also a director of Canadian-based Trans-Orient Petroleum Ltd. and
British-based Rift Oil Ltd.

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For further information:

For further information: Drew Cadenhead, CEO, 64-6-769-6065; Garth
Johnson, CFO, (604) 609-3350; www.tagoil.com

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