Miner’s Monthly: February 2021

Climate Change Commission consultation underway

The Climate Change Commission released its draft report on emissions budgets for the coming fifteen years through to 2035, and how New Zealand can meet its emissions reductions targets under the Paris Agreement.

The report had initially been set for six weeks of consultation, with a deadline for submissions of Sunday the 14th of March. Fifteen industry groups cosigned a letter requesting an extension to the consultation deadline. The extension was granted, and the submission deadline extended to Sunday the 28th of March. This extra two weeks will allow Minerals West Coast and others to submit a better researched and detailed submission than would have otherwise been possible.

​Minerals West Coast is in the process of drafting its submission and will be consulting with members in the coming weeks. Once this draft is written, it will be circulated to membership for wider review. 

Media coverage following report’s publication

At the time the draft report was released, there was significant media coverage of the many aspects of the report. Minerals West Coast outlined the issues with the commission’s report within local and national media in the days following its publication in mid-March. Minerals West Coast manager, Patrick Phelps, spoke on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report programme to discuss the reality of what the commission is proposing. You can listen to this interview below.

An article also appeared on stuff.co.nz’s website outlining the potential impact of the Climate Change Commission’s draft recommendations for the West Coast economy. You can read this article by clicking the picture below.​

Continuous professional development events 2021

Minerals West Coast is working to ensure there are ample opportunities for the coming year for mine and quarry managers to attend training events and workshops over the coming year. If you haven’t registered yet for the first event for the year, a March workshop on remote workplace emergency management, please do so. Click the button below for details.​

Other events on the horizon are outlined below, with those being organised or run by Minerals West Coast coloured gold. As dates and events are confirmed, Minerals West Coast will work to distribute notices and invitations. Please contact Patrick Phelps if you have any questions on either 021 238 6846 or by email at manager@mwc.org.nz ​

9th March, 2021Remote workplace
emergency management
Mines Rescue, RapahoeClick here
10th April, 2021Stockton opencast field trip​Stockton mine, Westport​(TBC)
21st April 2021MinEX regional workshopGreymouthClick here
24th May, 2021 Drug and alcohol awareness in mining Greymouth
(location TBC)
16th June, 2021​ Echo coal mine field trip and (TBC)
Federation Mining underground site visit 
Reefton area(TBC)

Other events are being planned for the year and will be made known to members as early as possible to allow operators to make plans in advance.

Minerals West Coast will be holding its annual forum again this year, most likely in September of October.

New Zealand petroleum and minerals training night in Greymouth

With annual summary reports to be filled out online from this year onwards, New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals staff visited Greymouth in mid-February to guide local miners through the process. NZPAM has produced a video guide showing the steps through the online ASR process. This video, now publicly available, can be found on YouTube, by clicking here, or watched below.​