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Gold Mining in the North - At What Cost?
Kia ora whanau!

Did you know that the govt is looking at giving mining exploration licenses for areas in Northland? They finished a survey of where there are gold and mineral deposits, have given the data to mining companies so they can evaluate the data and decide if they want an exploration licence to explore the land, work out how much they can take then look at mining.

Mr Brown, the mayor of Whangarei was one of 6 people of the NZ delegation who went to Toroto for the world's largest mining fare to promote mining in Northland. Apparently one area that has alot of great minerals is Great Barrier.

While it will bring money into the economy (in the terms of items that are purchased in NZ for the mining and living of the workers) there will also be a vast amount of money going offshore as the mining companies are not NZ based.

The high paying jobs for these mines will most likely be people who are not from NZ - do you know of anyone unemployed who knows how to extract gold? Or run the gold mining equipment?

But to me what is the worst thing about all of this is that the mining may take place ON DoC Land!!!! I thought that DoC stood for department of conversation - guess I was wrong there whanau because if mining takes place on DoC land then there is NO CONSERVATION with that. Ripping out the guts of Papatuanuku for money is not conserving and protecting Papatuanuku.

But the govt and the mining industry are playing this really well with the help of the media - just a few news articles over 2 years which means that most of Aotearoa and Northland in particular are probably not aware of this.

Waihi knows exactly the cost of gold mining- falling property valuations, house shaking not because of earthquakes but because of underground explosions to get the gold, the toxic waste if the mining is done open cast.

So what is the Iwi stance on this? Searching around I could only find a couple of news articles from 2010 and nothing since.

There is one comment in one of those articles I particularly like:

Te Runanga o Te Rarawa chairman Haami Piripi said conservation land was not available for Treaty settlements, but it was available for mining.

That was hypocrisy and undermined efforts to settle Treaty claims for the Te Hiku o te Ika iwi in the Far North.

Now that is beautifully put and so true Grin

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Aue! There is actually mining happening in Omanaia! Shock

I started a new thread called
Mining in Omanaia Affecting Our Urupa and Tupuna about this.
Edited by kakawahanui on 01-06-2012 15:02
No Mining in Northland petition - Sign Now!
Kia ora kakawahanui;

Keep the news coming have signed the petition.

So sorry to here about the mining and road at Omanaia.
Kia ora for that Kuri!

At least now I know I am not talking to myself Grin
Announced in the Share investors website - but very quite on the main stream news outlets - I wonder why?

The Ministry of Economic Development's Petroleum & Minerals unit is inviting bids for minerals exploration permits in Northland, keeping the tender area unchanged after consultation with local iwi and councils.

That article is dedicated to telling everyone about the benefits - probably because they want people to invest in the companies that will be doing the mining.

Here are some more excerpts

Up for grabs is the right to explore for metallic minerals in a 5,537 square kilometre block of land north of Whangarei and south-east of Kaitaia. The tender will manage competitive interests in the exploration of metallic minerals, with companies able to apply for one 7,500 hectare permit in the region. Submissions close on Dec. 7 and will be evaluated by a government panel, with five-year permits awarded to successful bidders in April next year.

Up for grabs????? That would be about right!

The prospect of mining in Northland has divided the local community between those opposed to exploiting natural resources and those supporting economic growth in a region with traditionally high unemployment.

Just because people don't support mining does not mean to say that they do not support economic growth. the best way for economic growth would be promoting the whenua - with mining companies going around the world looking at ripping up whenua for greed, in about 20 years time having pristine areas like north will be so rare that 1000's would come to see what once was. Now that is looking ahead!

The area excludes Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga, land known as Warawara, land listed as Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act, the Waipoua Forest, Trounson Kauri Park Scenic Reserve and land where permits already exist.

So if you live outside of those areas you could find yourself living next to a mine!

From another news source we have the following:
The government is seeking bids from exploration companies interested in prospecting for minerals in the Far North.

he Ministry of Economic Development [MED] opened the tender process to manage competitive interest in exploring for metallic minerals in Northland yesterday.

The move follows the $2 million taxpayer-funded aerial geothermal mapping of Northland last year, which revealed large deposits of gold and mercury.

Looout northland! Gold mines coming to a place near you!

Mining in the Far North has been strongly opposed by conservation group Forest and Bird and a group of Ngapuhi representatives.

Ha! I know that it is not only Ngapuhi that opposes it - and note the way that it says a group of Ngapuhi representatives - is there an implication there that all of ther Ngapuhi support the guts being ripped out of Papatuanuku?

The launch of the Northland 2012 tender followed consultation with Northland iwi and local authorities, MED said

Hmm - giving the impression that Iwi were consulted and agreed!

A number of submitters made requests to exclude sites from the tender area, mainly for reasons of protection of wahi tapu, but it had been decided not to change the boundary, David Binnie, general manager of New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals, a branch of MED, said.

"The government is concerned that wahi tapu are respected. Where appropriate, that protection will be by way of current processes.''

What hypocrisy the above quote shows! In the first paragraph while people wanted wahi tapu excluded it was decided not to change the boundaries, while in the paragraph straight under it the government is concerned about respect???? And look after wahi tapu by way of the current process?? Well if the current process of submissions has already failed to exclude wahi tapu then why would the next part of the process be any different?

Dean Baigent-Mercer, chairman of Forest and Bird's Far North Branch, said the wider public had not been consulted about the mining.

Exactly! And the wider public will not be consulted in the next stage either! Which will probably be why there is Mining in Omanaia Affecting Our Urupa and Tupuna and soon this could be happening all over northland - and probably other parts of the motu.

Links to the above:
http://www.sharec...ation.html - share market investors site
http://www.stuff....ing-sought - from stuff
Aue! I have just heard that they are allowing exploration licenses in what they call the Te Reinga Basin - that is the moana between the top of 90 mile beach and Cape Reinga Shock

So while they exclude 90 mile beach and Cape Reinga the are NOT excluding the moana between the 2!

And anyone who knows that area knows is it beautiful .... but for how much longer? Angry
"Stop toxic mining in Northland" was the message of a Northland anti-mining group when launching its campaign challenging mining work proposed for the Northland area.

Minewatch Northland, a coalition of community groups, launched its first campaign last week against the Government's initiative looking into hard rock mining in the region.

Minewatch spokesman Tim Howard said the campaign was about providing information, encouraging people to speak up and mobilising people's interests.

New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals recently opened a competitive tender for companies interested in obtaining mineral exploration permits in Northland.

The tender follows the public release of airborne aeromagnetic data gathered in 2011 and consultation with Northland iwi and local authorities. Companies have six months to evaluate the aeromagnetic data and submit bids for permits. Exploration permits do not include mining rights.

Mr Howard said the group has many concerns about the Government opening up Northland to potential mining, saying mining is a "dirty industry" and toxic effects are well documented.

Green MP and mining spokeswoman Catherine Delahunty, who was at the launch, said the "boom and bust" cycle of mining meant such work left a "legacy of pollution".

She said another major concern for Northland was the effect mining would have on the quality of its water supply.

Whangarei's MP Phil Heatley said exploration permit holders were required to apply, under the Resource Management Act 1991, for any necessary environmental resource consents from the local council. He said permit holders also had to meet health and safety requirements set by the Department of Labour.

The prospect of mining has been dubbed by Mr Heatley and Far North Mayor Wayne Brown as a solution to employment issues in Northland.

Mr Heatley said it would provide hundreds of jobs for people who desperately needed them. Labour MP Shane Jones told Newstalk ZB mining would mean employment opportunities particularly for low-income Maori families.

Ms Delahunty said she was passionate about young people getting work, but mining would provide only short-term employment which was not sustainable.

"The boom-and-bust cycle of mining means no employment stability. What you have is short-term infrastructure creation, then mining and then its over and then the pollution is left and the jobs are over."

She said a lot of the time companies were not employing locals but importing their own workers.

Mr Howard said another concern was a lack of public consultation on the issue.

Ms Delahunty said at the launch she got the message people did not feel included in the decisions being made about Northland's future.

The main points in this are:
Permits do not have to be notified - they can be given behind closed doors
Mining is a boom and bust cycle - and the whenua will be left damaged beyond redemption
Companies are not employing locals
There is and will always be a lack of public consultation

copied from here
It appears Shane Jones has not been listening.

In his opinion piece he accuses Pakeha with environmental concerns about mining of trying to undermine hapu development aspirations. He's missed the point, not all mining techniques are equal. For example, mining limestone and aggregate within his own rohe would not create toxic waste.

The type of rocks that hold gold and silver in the North means its extraction would create millions of tonnes of toxic waste that would most likely end up stored at the top of water catchments.

How? The gold-baring rocks would be crushed to a powder, flooded with cyanide which separates out the gold and silver. This chemical process using cyanide also changes the nature of the remaining heavy metals in the rock and makes them "bioavailable".

Conservatively, 18 tonnes of toxic waste is created per gold ring. Often it is more.

The problem is compounded by the fact that the largest gold deposits in the north are in places that are flood prone, Puhipuhi and Whangaroa.

Lookout Puhipuhi and Whangaroa - you going to get developed, jobs for mining, economic development, cyanide and 18 tonnes of toxic waster for one gold ring.

What do you think the Whangaroa harbour will be like with all of the run off from the toxic water? Think the fish will stay? Think the kai moana will still live on the rocks?

If they can get enough gold for 10 gold rings you will have 180 tonnes of toxic waste.

Of course they will be able to get at least 1000 gold rings so you will have at least 18,000 tonnes of toxic waste.

Is that the legacy you want to leave your children and mokopuna??????

Here is the article
Far North Forest and Bird and iwi environmental advocacy group Te Wakameninga o nga hapu Ngapuhi claim the Government is trying to "sneak mining into Northland through different doors".

Hmm - we already knew that!

Local authorities had conflicting environment and economic development roles, Mr Baigent-Mercer said. "[Yet] they are completely biased to the point they've used public money for the Northland aerial mineral survey and sent Mayor Wayne Brown on a junket to Canada to promote the mining of Northland," he said.

Of course they use public money - who is going to stop them?

Mr Baigent-Mercer said the low level of genuine community consultation was particularly worrying in light of the Government wanting fast-track resource consents for big mining projects.

Of course it is worrying!

Last week, Whangarei MP and Minister of Energy and Resources Phil Heatley said people who opposed mining and mineral extraction in the region needed to get real.

Ok, I will get real.

What is real is the waste that gold and silver mining leaves, the pollution of water and whenua, the disregarding of respect for Papatuanuku, the billions made will NOT go into the northland economy, the majority of the profit will go overseas, leaving whenua and water scared for the mokopuna, the ignoring of people, the amount of $ already spent on this, the $ from a poor area of NZ used to fund the Arial survey instead of more realistic things like housing - oh, but there is the Hunterwasser being built now, ... and I am sure that I have missed out a few other things!

The Puhipuhi area has been identified as having the largest gold, mercury and other heavy metal deposits in Northland but it also drains into the Bay of Islands, Helena Bay and Hikurangi catchments, and the Kaipara Harbour. A public meeting to discuss local mining issues will be held tomorrow at Whakapara Community Hall, at 7pm.

Full Article Here

Drilling rigs have sneaked into the gold-rich Puhipuhi area under cover of night and secret mining exploration has been carried out under a licence that does not expire until 2014

sneaky sneaky - it is starting already!

The international giant minerals company Newmont holds a Puhipuhi exploration licence, which predates last year's comprehensive aerial geophysical survey. That and earlier surveys have shown there is more gold under the Puhipuhi hills than all other areas in Northland combined.

So they got the permit BEFORE the survey and the public submissions!

Despite mining interests and Northland local government saying Newmont was a shining example of responsible mining, the company was given the second worst rating in the world on mining safety and environment indicator, the RepRisk Index

So if mining interests and FNDC say they are a shining example - what on earth (or underground) do they think is a shocking example? Angry

Rig rumours rock locals - full article
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