TAG Oil Updates Cheal Reserves and Closes Cardiff Sale

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Canadian-based oil and gas producer and
explorer, TAG Oil Ltd. (TSX-V: TAO/OTCBB: TAOIF), reports that the Company has
received the results from the interim independent reserves review on its 30.5%
interest in the Cheal Oil Pool, onshore Taranaki Basin, New Zealand.
    The report was completed by Sproule International Limited, a subsidiary
of Sproule Associates Limited, one of the largest and most highly regarded
geological, geophysical, and petroleum engineering consulting companies in
North America.
    The independent report conducted as of December 31, 2008 has assigned a
present value using a 10% discount rate of $3.9 million to TAG's share of
proved and probable reserves located at Cheal. In addition, gross proved and
probable reserves estimates of the Cheal pool have been reduced from 2.783
million boe at March 31, 2008 to 510,000 boe. These reductions in value and
reserves are based on a number of factors such as:

        -  substantially lower oil price forecasts
        -  reduction in the area of proven and probable reserves as a result
           of new information from the A6 and A6ST wells
        -  revised projected future well performance

    TAG Oil CEO, Garth Johnson, commented, "Although this report is based on
the operators suggested work program which has not been approved by TAG at
this point, we feel the report gives us an accurate view of the present value
of the field based on 2008 production history and drilling results. The
unfortunate outcome of the Cheal A6 and A6ST wells, combined with global
economic conditions have resulted in a Joint Venture decision to carefully
stage the timing of new well development plans for the pool. We feel the Cheal
field has upside potential, however a new cost-effective strategy must be
implemented given the new technical and reserve information."
    TAG Oil also announces today that the Company completed its previously
announced sale of its 15.1% interest in PEP 38738-D and PMP 38156-D
("Cardiff") to a subsidiary of New Zealand based Genesis Energy for a
combination of cash and a 1% royalty on any future production from both

    BOE Cautionary Statement

    BOEs may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A BOE
conversion ratio of 6 Mcf:1bbl is based on an energy equivalency at the burner
tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

    About TAG Oil Ltd.

    TAG Oil Ltd. has been operating as an international oil and gas
production and exploration company since 1992. Currently the Company has
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.

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

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