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About NZ Resources

NZresources.com is a website owned and operated by Silver Budgie Pty Ltd the principals of which are technical director Dr Carl Knox-Robinson and editorial director Mr Ross Louthean.

The focus is on the complete resources sector in New Zealand with not only coverage of the oil and gas scene, mining and mineral exploration but also the related economic and political issues.

Our team of writers supporting Ross Louthean (a regular visitor to New Zealand) include business writer Simon Hartley and business editor Dene Mackenzie of the Otago Daily Times.

All editorial contact should be by email with the editor.

NZResources.com is a wholly owned subsidiary of Silver Budgie Pty Ltd, an Australian registered company (ABN:4614 0279 438).

NZ Resources Columnists

Simon Hartley

Simon Hartley is a senior business reporter with the Otago Daily Times in Dunedin and has been writing about the NZ resources sector for the past 10 years in tandem with daily business reporting.

He spent almost two decades working in the construction sector in Australia and the United Kingdom and trained as a journalist in both the UK and NZ. He was awarded the Qantas Newspaper Business Reporter of the Year award in 2003 as well as the overall winner for property portfolio reporting of the Real Estate of NZ. Simon has observed the modern gold mining rush in Otago including seeing the emergence of OceanaGold Corporation as the country's premier gold producer. He also makes good use of the province's other fine resources of surfing, snowboarding and fly fishing for trout.

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Ross Louthean

Ross Louthean is well known in NZ minerals and petroleum circles, having made up to four extensive trips annually for the past 33 years, mainly in his role as publisher/editor of the three Perth-based mining publishing and conference groups he established.

These are Mining Monthly, the Gazettes of Resource Information Unit and Paydirt and Gold Mining Journal of Louthean Media (now Paydirt Media). With the latter two organisations he developed the Mineral Resources of New Zealand annual that detailed all the major mineral prospects and projects, the companies involved and also the institutions and government organisations involved.

He stepped out of publishing and management five years ago but has maintained regular visits to NZ writing articles for his former publishing groups, for Mining Journal of London, Canada’s Northern Miner, the website Mineweb.com and NZ newspapers the Otago Daily Times and The Independent. He has also been a columnist for the now defunct Australian magazines Bulletin and Australian Business and spent about two years as editor of the AusIMM’s Bulletin bimonthly magazine.

For more than three decades he has attended most of the annual event, the NZ Minerals Conference, and the biennial NZ Petroleum Conference. In recent years has played a consulting role for these programmes.

Louthean established a strong link with the African mining scene and has travelled widely to see mining projects in Canada, Wales, the United States, Papua New Guinea, Egypt and Sardinia.

Conferences he developed include the World Diamond Conference, Africa Downunder, Australian Nickel Conference, South Australian Resources & Investment Conference and Paydirt’s Gold Conference.

He won several journalism awards including the inaugural Association of Mining & Exploration Companies media award, later was a judge for that award and was honored by the NZ Branch of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy for his contribution to the NZ Minerals Conference.

He began his working life as a junior at WA Newspapers in Perth, then joined the Whyalla News, followed by five years with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Port Pirie, South Australia and in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. On joining the Perth Daily News he helped re-develop political, industrial rounds and produced a weekly mining column, helped by spending two vacations working on a gold and a nickel mine in the Kalgoorlie-Coolgardie region. After that he freelanced and then joined the Maxwell Newton group and ran The Australian Miner newspaper in Sydney, and then started up the National Miner newspaper for iron ore magnate Lang Hancock.

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