TAG Oil Secures Operatorship of Taranaki Basin Exploration Permits

    VANCOUVER, May 11 /CNW/ - Oil and gas producer and explorer, TAG Oil Ltd.
(TSX-V: TAO / OTCBB: TAOIF), advises that the Company has secured operatorship
of Petroleum Exploration Permit ("PEP") PEP 38748 (TAG: 33.33%) and PEP 38746
(TAG: 16.65%) onshore Taranaki Basin, New Zealand.
    Garth Johnson, TAG Oil CEO, commented, "We are excited to now have the
opportunity to operate these high grade exploration permits. The financial
challenges that our joint venture partner, Austral Pacific Energy Ltd. faces
have left us to operate within timing challenges related to expenditure
commitments, however we are confident we can address these problems with the
New Zealand government and that TAG can pursue the full potential of these
attractive permits."

    About TAG Oil Ltd.

    TAG Oil Ltd. is a Canadian based company with holdings in the onshore
Taranaki Basin, New Zealand. TAG is poised to grow through existing
profitability, and through development and exploration on the Company's
high-graded acreage. TAG remains in a strong financial position, with
sufficient working capital to maintain operations and meet all commitments for
the foreseeable future.

    Forward Looking Statements:

    Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts
are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainty
affecting the business of TAG Oil. Actual results may vary materially from the
information provided in this release. As a result there is no representation
by TAG Oil that the actual results realized in the future will be the same in
whole or in part as those presented herein. Actual results may differ
materially from the results predicted, and reported results should not be
considered as an indication of future performance. Factors that could cause
actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking
statements, are set forth in, but are not limited to, filings that the Company
and its independent evaluator have made, including the Company's most recent
reports in Canada under National Instrument 51-102 and in the United States
under Forms 20-F and 6K.

    Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as
    that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For further information:

For further information: Garth Johnson, CEO, (604) 609-3350, Website:

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