AusIMM New Zealand Conference to address ban of mining on conservation land

The annual New Zealand AusIMM conference, held on the 17th– 18th of September in Tauranga, will address the proposed changes to mining on conservation land as part of a two-day technical program.

The conference will also cover topics including exploration, research, project assessment, mine development, metallurgy, rehabilitation, social license to operate and mine closure. As an indication of the important role that mining plays in New Zealand, the conference has attracted professionals and industry leaders from all around the country as well as from overseas.

President of AusIMM, Colin Moorhead, will address the proposed ban of mining on conservation land in the Tas McKee Memorial address on Tuesday 18th of September, as part of the AusIMM conference.

“It is important to emphasise how important mining is to New Zealand’s prosperity and the impact a mining ban could have on the country, particularly if driven solely by ideology. Mining provides a significant contribution to regional jobs and the economy, which needs to be recognised,” Mr Moorhead said.

“As the peak body for resources professionals, I believe we have a strong imperative to make our voice heard and help ensure the industry continues to make a strong contribution to New Zealand’s national success.”

Dean Fergusson, Chair of the AusIMM New Zealand branch says that AusIMM members and resources professionals look forward to presenting their viewpoint during the government submission process.

“AusIMM members will be actively participating in the submission process and we trust that the strong contribution that the industry and professionals make will be acknowledged and supported,” said Mr Fergusson

“As an example, Waihi, gold mining employs 350 people, most of them locals and some of them having worked there for 30 years.”

“Mining underpins the economies of Waihi and the west coast. This needs to be seriously considered with any proposed changes to legislation.”

AusIMM is committed to establishing the right balance between protecting the environment and fostering the growth of the mining industry in New Zealand through the promotion of the highest standards of operation.

More information about mining and the AusIMM in New Zealand can be found at

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