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Response to ODT

Posted on 29 April 2019

By Chris Baker*

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Coal to heat classrooms should never be a dirty secret

Posted on 22 April 2019

In response to a recent article condemning the use of coal- red burners to heat classrooms, chief executive of Straterra Chris Baker says we shouldn't take such a simplistic or blinkered view of coal and mining.

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Govt's head in (iron) sand over mining ban

Posted on 9 January 2019

The NZ Herald - January 2019

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Blackwater Gold Mine Permit a Welcome Boost for West Coast

Posted on 21 December 2018

Straterra, New Zealand’s minerals sector industry organisation, has welcomed the decision from government agency New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals to grant Tasman Mining a mining permit for the high-grade Blackwater gold deposit near Reefton.

“There is still much work to be done to establish the Blackwater prospect as a new mine, but this is an important milestone.” said Straterra CEO Chris Baker.

“New mines are hard to find and hard to develop, in New Zealand and globally. If it goes ahead it will attract hundreds of millions of dollars in investment for the West Coast and New Zealand, create more than a hundred local jobs and boost New Zealand exports considerably. It would also provide significant revenue for the government in the form of royalties and taxes.

“Not many people know that gold is already New Zealand’s number one goods export to Australia. Demand for gold over recent years has been quite strong and that is likely to continue. Everyone knows gold is used for jewellery and as a store of wealth, but it is also an important component in electronics and many emerging ‘low carbon’ technologies.

“Modern hard rock gold mining is conducted responsibly, and environmental management and
rehabilitation is an integral part of any mine and project proposal. We have excellent examples of this in New Zealand at Waihi, Macraes and the now closed Reefton gold mine and that good record is due, in no small part, to the legislative regime that regulates resource projects such as the Blackwater proposal – including the RMA. This give us confidence that future operations will meet the highest standards.

“Blackwater was once the most productive mine in the Reefton Goldfield. Between 1908 and 1951 it
produced approximately 700,000 ounces of gold (worth $1.3 billion at today’s prices). The West Coast has a strong tradition in mining. A benefit of that tradition is that the community, local councils and relevant government officials are well versed in the business of mining.

“And we note that the Government has recently provided explicit support for mining on the West Coast and will be keen to see responsible investment generating jobs and taxes.” Mr Baker concluded.

More information: Chris Baker, CEO, Straterra, 0272 406 754, chris@straterra.co.nz


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Why mining must play a part in New Zealand’s future

Posted on 27 September 2018

Hauraki Straterra letter - Waihi Leader Sept 2018

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West Coasters – seeking a pragmatic solution

Posted on 10 August 2018

Kevin Hague’s Greymouth Star Oped last week, Coast without mining, makes some valid points.

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Mining Ban - Response to NZ Herald Editorial

Posted on 26 July 2018

Response to NZ Herald Editorial 26th July 2018

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Te Kuha decision another kick in the guts for the West Coast

Posted on 22 June 2018

Straterra, New Zealand’s minerals sector industry organisation, is hugely disappointed with the government’s decision to decline Stevenson Mining’s application to mine at Te Kuha.

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