Miner’s Monthly: December 2022

Online campaign clocks 1,000,000+ views

A video pushing for miners to retain the right to apply for access to New Zealand’s public conservation land has gathered more than a million views since in the first month since its launch.

Since the Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, delivered her Speech from the Throne in 2017 at the swearing in of the then incoming Labour-NZ First-Green coalition, when Dame Patsy Reddy said, “there will be no new mines on conservation land”.

Since then there has been much debate and uncertainty over the future of mining on public conservation land.

About the 20th of November (last month) Minerals West Coast launched a video running on several social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

The thrust of the video is that miners, when accessing public conservation land, can and do offer compensation payments to leave conservation land, overall, better off than if mining didn’t occur.

The above video (including some shortened versions tailored to particular platforms) has accrued more than a million views in just over a month of running online as promoted and advertised content.

A breakdown of these views is outlined below..

WorkSafe explains new regulations at December Workshop

Minerals West Coast’s recent training workshop, held in conjunction with WorkSafe, was well attended with a total of more than 20 attendees.

WorkSafe’s Priscilla Page delivers presentation to attendants.

The workshop covered:

  1. The nature of the new mining operations and quarrying operations regulations
  2. The implications for alluvial mines now captured under the regulations
  3. The introduction of a new certificate of competence for alluvial mines
  4. The requirement for all mines to implement health and safety management systems
  5. The need for record keeping and regular reports and notifications to WorkSafe

The full PowerPoint presentation (minus videos) delivered by WorkSafe is available below.

Following the delivery of the presentation and questions and answers and discussion between WorkSafe staff and workshop attendants, alluvial gold miner and Minerals West Coast trustee, Geoff Jacobs, hosted those in attendance to his mining operation south of Hokitika.

Save the date for Minerals West Coast’s 2023 forum

Minerals West Coast’s forum has been scheduled for mid-May 2023 and will be held in in Westport in collaboration with AusIMM (the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy).

The event will start on Tuesday the 16th of May 2023, running through till Thursday the 18th of May 2023.

The first day will consist of Minerals West Coast’s line-up of speakers, AusIMM will run the second day, and a field trip to nearby mining operations will be held on the event’s third and final day.

Minerals West Coast and AusIMM will work to pull together an itinerary for publication early in the New Year, but in the meantime if you would like to register your interest and save the date with the form below, please do so.