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3/8/2018 — Conference Special
AusIMM2018: Puhipuhi’s allure on show at conference
By Ross Louthean

The Puhipuhi epithermal gold-silver camp, which has been prodded for new discoveries in recent decades, will be the subject of a presentation at the 2018 AusIMM New Zealand Mining Conference in September.

The conference, being held in Tauranga’s Trinity Wharf Hotel from September 17-18, will also take in pre-conference field trips and a gold workshop.

Consultant Jackie Hobbins, who has undertaken work on Puhipuhi in Northland in recent times, will give a presentation on the second day of the conference.

The coverage will take in current drill results including high-grade gold-silver intersections on targets two kilometres apart and also some of the targets that remain untested.

This year Full Metal Minerals of Canada took up the main Puhipuhi leases from leading Australian gold producer Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX: EVN).

The AusIMM said that previous exploration in the Puhipuhi region described epithermal gold-silver mineralisation within Purua Formation sediments and within basement greywacke.

More recent drilling by Evolution Mining in 2016 revealed that mineralised chalcedony veins and hydrothermal breccias also occur within altered basalt lava at the base of the Kerikeri Basalt sequence and within interflow sediment horizons.

The NZ branch of AusIMM said yesterday that early bird registration for the conference will end on August 10.

Enquiries: www.confer.nz/ausimm_nz2018

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Field work at Puhipuhi during Evolution’s time there.