Miner’s Monthly: April 2024

Minister for resources to deliver speech in Blackball

The coalition government’s minister for resources, Shane Jones, will be coming to the West Coast next month to outline his vision for the future of the minerals sector.

As per the information below, the minister will be speaking at the Blackball Community Hall (45 Roa Road, Blackball) on Thursday the 23rd of May, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

This is an event open to the community, and Minerals West Cost membership and their employees are welcome to attend.

While no RSVP is necessary, an email out of courtesy to info@mineralswestcoast.org.nz letting Minerals West Coast know how many people from your workplace are likely to attend would be appreciated. This will help inform planning for seating and catering.

Minerals West Coast lodges Fast Track Approvals Bill submission

Minerals West Coast has lodged its submission on the Fast Track Approvals Bill, as part of the government’s proposed Fast Track Approval legislation.

Minerals West Coast’s submission can be viewed by clicking here

What impact has the Resource Management Act had on New Zealand’s energy supply growth?

In the video below Minerals West Coast manager, Patrick Phelps, discusses the comparatively suppressed growth in New Zealand’s energy supply since the Resource Management Act was passed in 1991.

Resources minister issues statement addressing permit processing backlog

Resources minister, Shane Jones, recently issued a statement outlining work to address the backlog of outstanding minerals permit applications as quickly as possible.

The full press release is available here on the Beehive website.

Minister Jones says, “While there are no set timeframes for assessing or making a decision on permit applications, I have made my expectations clear to New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals that it should be an effective, consistent, and timely regulator focused on enabling well-planned projects,”.

Below is a video of the minister speaking in parliament about his plans for minerals to enjoy a resurgence.

MinEx workshop held in Greymouth in March

MinEx chief executive, Wayne Scottt, speaks to the 60 strong lineup of attendants of the recent health and safety workshop.

About 60 people attended a recent training workshop at the Ashley Hotel in Greymouth, led by MinEx chief executive, Wayne Scott.

The workshop covered a range of workplace health and safety topics.

WorkSafe and Mines Rescue also delivered presentations as part of the workshop – presentations delivered are available by clicking the links below:

Minerals West Coast’s annual forum to be held in Ross, Thursday the 3rd of October 2024

Minerals West Coast’s annual forum date has been set for Thursday the 3rd of October 2024. If you would like to attend, please register your interest using the form below. Calls are open for presentations and papers if you would like to speak or present.