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Minerals Briefing Paper Launch

Posted by Chris Baker, CEO Straterra on 8 April 2014

“Mining is vital to the way we live, and we believe it is time New Zealanders had the facts about how mining is integrated into their everyday lives,” announced Straterra CEO Chris Baker, launching a Minerals Briefing Paper in Wellington tonight, at Parliament.

“The documents we are releasing this evening identify the key role that mining plays in the comforts and essential services that we enjoy every day,” he said.

“Our cars and homes, our cellphones and our food, even the green energy we increasingly want to produce all depend to some or a great extent on mining,” Mr Baker said.

“We want New Zealanders to have a clear appreciation of how mining impacts on their everyday lives, not just the lives of the 8,000 people who are directly and indirectly employed in the industry,” he said.

“Most people have no idea at all of  the extent to which we are dependent  on minerals, including coal, for the things in our lives we take for granted – food production, infrastructure, communications,  even beverages such as beer.  Either we must import these minerals embedded in goods and services, or we must produce them ourselves – the latter option is much better for New Zealand when we have the capacity to do so,” he said.

“The Minerals Briefing Paper being released by Straterra this evening identifies the significant contribution that mining makes to our economy, and looks at some policy prescriptions that would be good for New Zealanders and the NZ economy,” he said.

Straterra has also developed a new website presence called “Mining4NZ” which outlines the facts and figures about the benefits that mining brings to New Zealand, its communities and its consumers.

PRESS STATEMENT FROM CHRIS BAKER, CEO STRATERRA

Mining is vital to the way we live Straterra fact sheet- PDF

Straterra Minerals Briefing Paper PDF