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By Simon Hartley

The gold industry has lost one significant gold mining industry on the South Island and the key executive explained the reasons.

By Dene Mackenzie

New Zealanders were glued to the television screen last night for the great television debate, and so was our political correspondent.

By Ross Louthean

One of New Zealand’s emerging new mineral export projects that will help the balance of trade figures was detailed at the AusIMM conference in Hamilton.

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- New Zealand Steel: TAHAROA SAND MINE (2.2 megabytes)

By Ross Louthean

With New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals having just released some platinum permits to a Canadian company on the South Island, a presentation by a specialist geoscientist was thought provoking at the Hamilton conference.

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- Platinum Potential in New Zealand (5.2 megabytes)

By Ross Louthean

The Stockton coal mine is operating at below capacity due to the global coking coal market but its processing plant has proved to be a valuable performer.

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- Stockton Coal Processing Plant: Project Insights (5.2 megabytes)

By Ross Louthean

Unlike New Zealand, Australia does not have some of the attributes for renewable energy, and the cash-tight Government in Canberra is looking to hone its grants and concerssions.

By Ross Louthean

The annual AusIMM NZ conference is over and editor Ross Louthean looks at the important points and issues ahead.

A company listed earlier this year which has the Kerosene Creek oil prospect on New Zealand’s South Island is now aiming to acquire a second junior Australian company.

Recent News

Gold News

The often forgotten Rahu gold prospect adjacent to Karangahake has now produced a maiden resource.

An Australian explorer has indicated it cannot advance exploration on a South Island gold project because of red tape, and the vibes say it may walk away.

The mothballing of one alluvial gold mining operation on the South Island has not sent shivers to a more recently developed operation further south.

If ever you needed to understand the gold price is not good enough and how damaging the strong Kiwi dollar can be, then look at the impact it is now having on the community of Alexandra.

A resource consent has been granted for a proposed underground gold mine that could provide new job opportunities to make up for those now being lost on the South Island.

Oil & Gas News

The general perception was that New Zealand Oil & Gas has just completed a healthy year with only a few warts.

Another major offshore exploration well has been completed in the offshore Taranaki and this one failed to find commercial hydrocarbons.

An hapu is reportedly upset with plans to dredge Whangerei Harbour but the oil refiner responsible is unsure of the degree of dredging it needs to undertake.

It’s interesting to find out a government safety organisation is investigating activity at one of its exploration wells; it’s puzzling though when you say you know nothing about the alleged incident.

The red ink expected for New Zealand’s sole oil refiner appeared in the half year result and the company is targeting getting back in the black.

Coal, Lignite & CSG/CBM News

The feeling was strong in Greymouth yesterday when family members of some of the men who died in the Pike River mine tragedy gathered to protest to Prime Minister Key on a visit to the West Coast.

The never ending claims by Forest & Bird against a planned new coal project on the Denniston Plateau hit a new sour note that brought the Conservation Minister out punching.

The prolonged entombment of the bodies of 29 men who died in the Pike River mine disaster years ago is upsetting some of the grieving families and produced an understandable response yesterday.

If people are concerned about the cutbacks taking place for hard coking coal used for global steelmaking, spare a thought for the lower-valued steaming coal used in global power generation.

Coal fires are burning on the home front, and that is providing a positive for Bathurst Resources.

Other Metals & Minerals News

Another capital raising has been undertaken by an advanced explorer at a time it is in a political spotlight.

The level of annoyance of the release of a staff EPA report on the Chatham Rock Phosphate marine consents move was detailed by the company, including the negative effect on its share price.

Chatham Rock Phosphate is unhappy with an early report on the views of EPA staff on the position of its consents application for recovering phosphate nodules from the seabed.

The long-telegraphed proposal for a New Zealand based explorer to list in London is now dependent on getting resource consents.

One of the Australian companies with a significant package of land in New Zealand has cut its holdings significantly and also slowed down its exploration activity.

Renewable Energy News

The big development spend by Contact Energy in recent years have paved the way for a stronger profit in financial year 2014 and there is confidence there will be a strong performance in the coming year.

One of the recently listed energy companies may use its healthy profit line to undertake a share buy-back.

The blueprint for another geothermal power plant has been put back on the shelf, primarily because there was no market growth for its immediate development.

New Zealand’s big new geothermal power station was officially launched yesterday on the North Island.

A lot of information was thrown out into the market this week about global wind power issues and one of the advances will be some bigger turbines.

Environment News

A large area of high country in Otago has become New Zealand’s largest conservation covenant.

The energy, minerals and environment research and consulting company CRL Energy has won the Environment Award at this year’s Minerals West Coast Conference.

The Tiwai Point aluminium smelter may be Southland’s major employer but its operator has for more than two decades played a pivotal role in preserving the endangered kapako – the world’s biggest parrot.

The wait is over. A marine reserve has been designated for a section of Banks Peninsula.

The environmental alarm bells are again ringing on claims about global warming and rising seas, showing that it would be an idea for the Government and the media to provide some balance to the issue.

Education, Science & Technology News

A PhD student at Canterbury University is working on a new form of supercapacitor to harness energy.

A GNS Science scientist will talk on geothermal energy in NZ at the next Nelson Discussion Group.

With the growth in demand for geothermal energy, GNS Science has officially opened its revamped geothermal laboratories near Taupo.

The opening up of role of computers and smart phones has seen a revolutionary advance made by a regional council and GNS Science.

The need to increase the education and training for engineers in New Zealand has prompted a new push by the Government.

Economics, Politics & Government News

It’s not the economy, or mining issues that has the political parties revved up right now – it’s housing.

There will be 15 registered parties fighting this election and that is more than last time and the simple arithmetic also takes in more candidates.

The election campaign has shown the parties that housing grant support is an important issue and yesterday the Nationals lifted their game.

The Dirty Politics book continues to bedevil the progress of Prime Minister John Key and an important litmus test for both he and Labour leader David Cunliffe will be a political debate this Thursday.

The Internet Mana party is into radical and different proposals, so its latest idea on a new social insurance fund may not surprise observers.

Other News

The now listed Meridian Energy is going more upmarket by taking an upmarket office at Auckland Airport for its sales team.

Getting negative trade figures is not a good thing for a Government with an election nigh.

The last of the three partly privatised gentailers has reported its results and, while healthy, the figures were below targets being set by some analysts and prompted Labour to say it was sold too cheap.

The most southerly of the listed port companies had a record year but the questions about future performance include the longevity of the smelter at Bluff.

Fiscal 2014 was not quite as strong for Vector in terms of turnover and net profit but the company has outlined a broadening of its diverse operations.