Record attendance for 2019 New Zealand Minerals Forum
26 May 2019
More than 300 delegates are registered to attend the New Zealand Minerals Forum, which takes place at Dunedin City Hall on 28-29 May.
The Forum’s theme for 2019 is Exploring Science, Technology and New Markets. There is strong international input, a focus on health and safety and best practice, and all aspects of mining in New Zealand are covered.
Mining, including aggregates, industrial minerals, gold, coking coal, thermal coal and strategic minerals, is an essential contributor to modern, and future, society. The Forum makes an important contribution to the open and informed debate required to address the challenges we face, including climate change.
The Forum aims to educate and inform stakeholders, investors, officials and the New Zealand mining community generally.
Political speakers include Hon David Parker, Minister for Economic Development, Hon Andrew Little, Minister for Pike River Re-entry, Shane Jones, Mnister for Regional Economic Development, MP Jonathan Young, National Spokesperson for Energy and Resources and Dave Cull, Mayor of Dunedin City. The Hon Megan Woods will provide a videoed opening address. Regrettably, Kevin Hague, Forest and Bird CEO is a late withdrawal. The Wise Response Society are also vehemently opposed to coal but have wisely taken the opportunity to express their views in the Forum.
A number of organisations have adopted a ‘stop the Forum’ strategy. We totally defend the right to protest, but these protestors have promoted their opposition under slogans such as “The NZ Minerals Forum (ie Coal Conference) is coming to Ōtepoti/Dunedin on 28 and 29 May to promote the expansion of coal (and other polluting industries) in Aotearoa/NZ.” This is simply wrong.
There are 44 presentations in the two days of the Forum – four of these presentations are specific to coal, with another four covering topics such as transitioning out of coal, and coal and climate change.
Our latest count of registrations reveals that only 11% are owners or employees of coal companies.
“The New Zealand minerals sector provides both a substantial economic contribution to our country and it provides products that are essential to our lives. As we reduce emissions we will need more minerals, not less,” said Chris Baker, CEO or Straterra.
“Further, the adoption of new mining technologies and our role in innovation provides opportunities for best-practice operators and service providers in New Zealand and that is the focus of this Forum!”
More information: Chris Baker, 027 240 6754 or firstname.lastname@example.org