Two presentations at this month’s AusIMM New Zealand Mining Conference at Tauranga that will be closely followed will be on exploration and mining progress at the nearby Waihi gold operations and Bathurst Resources progress on mining and dealing with a court case.
One of the features of the conference will be the one-day epithermal gold workshop next Sunday, September 16 at the conference venue, Trinity Wharf.
The two-day conference follows on the following Monday and Tuesday and will take in 50 presentations covering new projects, mineral exploration, mine operations and research relating to the minerals industry in NZ.
The AusIMM said the programme will also include 12 quick-fire presentations from NZ university students on results of their new research.
Two of the keynote speakers will be Bernie O’Leary who is general manager at Waihi for OceanaGold Corporation, and Bathurst Resources chief executive Richard Tacon.
Other presentations of interest will be New Talisman Gold Mines chief operating officer Wayne Chowles giving an update on the company’s mine development advances at the historic Talisman mine at Karangahake, and Tony Haworth of Campbell MacPherson giving his annual update on mining events in the country.
The progress being made by the Pike River Recovery Agency on re-entering the damaged Pike River coal mine will be given by the agency’s chief operating officer Dinghy Pattinson, while Mark Le Messurier of the private company Tasman Mining will outline his plans for re-development of the Blackwater gold project at Waiuta near Reefton – a development being supported by owner OceanaGold.