Dinner Sponsor  Gough CAT

Join us for a highly memorable night at the spectacular Skyline Queenstown, with stunning 270 degree views over the Queenstown skyline and Lake Wakatipu. Starting with a gondola ride to the top, this picturesque venue will be a great setting for our guest MC to lead us through an exciting night, including the inaugural Minerals Sector Awards, recognising excellence in the New Zealand extractives sector. The gala dinner will have fine wine and food, entertainment and plenty of networking time. 

Date: Tuesday 29th May 2018
Venue:  Skyline Queenstown
Time: 7 - 10.30pm 
Ticket price: $165.00 + GST 
Dress code: Business or cocktail attire

Tickets can be purchased with registration


New Zealand Minerals Sector Awards 2018

The Minerals Sector Awards present an opportunity to recognise, reward, and celebrate excellence within the minerals and mining sector. This includes coal, gold, iron sands, industrial minerals, aggregates and a range of other minerals.


We would like to congratulate the following finalists for 2018: 


Health and Safety Initiative Award

Awarded to the organisation responsible for implementing an innovative and effective health and safety programme in the minerals, mining, and quarrying sector.  

Ravensdown – worker participation in workplace health and safety management, an online tool to promote positive behaviour, and clear assignment of responsibility to identify and deal with hazards.

Road Metals – dedicated health and safety manager, full involvement of the leadership, and improved health and safety performance.

Innovation Award

Awarded to the organisation who has positively influenced the minerals, mining and quarrying sector by contributing a new technology or initiative.

OceanaGold Waihi – a psycho-social study of how Waihi residents are affected by blasting in underground gold workings, and the gaining of community acceptance of blasting.

Stevenson Construction Materials  – worked closely in a collaborative process with the New Zealand Transport Agency and other key stakeholders to design its new aggregate plant infrastructure at Huntly Quarry, to optimise HiLab aggregate and other aggregates production. 

Tailored Energy Solutions – developed an additive to coal blends for improved environmental and operational outcomes from coal combustion in boilers of industrial and commercial customers.

Environmental Management Award

Award for the strongest overall demonstration of excellence in environmental management and preservation.

Greenbriar (Ohai Coal) – the putting out of an underground fire at the Ohai coal mine, and a wide range of environmental mitigation measures, including in respect of biodiversity and freshwater.

OceanaGold - Reefton Restoration Project  returning waste rock stacks and other disturbed ground into native forest at the closed Globe Progress mine near Reefton.

Isaac Construction – a long-standing native species recovery programme, and other conservation initiatives at former quarry sites in Christchurch.


Winners will be announced on the night at the gala dinner. 



Bernie Napp

Bernie Napp

Editor, Inside Resources

After a career in international relations, Bernie switched to journalism in 1999, reporting on science and environment for The Evening Post, and then The Dominion Post. In 2003 he moved to the Department of Conservation where he designed and ran media training for DOC staff, worked in communications based in Wellington, and, later, policy. From 2010 Bernie was Policy Manager at Straterra, the NZ minerals industry advocacy body, working in communications, including the Straterra web site, and in resource management policy.

Dean Fergusson

Dean Fergusson

New Zealand Branch Chair, AusIMM

Dean has a 30 year career in coal resources, mining projects and operations, and major geotechnical projects. Much of this experience was working as an exploration, mining or engineering geologist, then technical, project, operations and senior management roles. During his time with Solid Energy, he managed the national exploration programme for many years (LTI free), coal projects programme, land and mineral acquisitions, led the Coal R&D programme, and was a member of the H&S committee responsible for high risk standards. Dean has been actively involved on the committee of the NZ Branch of AusIMM, and is currently Branch Chair.

Sheryl Roa

Sheryl Roa

Principal Advisor – Consents, Environment Waikato

Sheryl currently hold the position of Principal Advisor – Consents within the Resource Use Directorate at the Waikato Regional Council. In this role, Sheryl is responsible for managing complex resource consent applications and the monitoring of associated consents in the regulatory space. Prior to working at the Waikato Regional Council, she was employed by the Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust as an Environmental Officer. Sheryl holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waikato, the certificate in Making Good Decisions with the Chair endorsement, and has held the commissioner certification since 2008 and the Chair endorsement since 2011. She is currently managing applications and monitoring associated with municipal water takes, precious metal mining, geothermal expansions and subdivisions.

Peter O Sullivan

Peter O‘Sullivan

Manager, Minerals West Coast

Peter has been a trustee of Minerals West Coast Trust since its inception, and took on the role of Manager at the beginning of 2010. He has a background in training and education and was employed as Director of National and Industry Training at Tai Poutini Polytechnic prior to taking on the role with Minerals West Coast. Peter is currently involved in driving a project to promote the prospectivity of the West Coast region to national and international investors. He meets regularly with representatives of Central and local Government, the media and community organisations to promote the interests of the regions mineral industry.

Arihia Bennett

Arihia Bennett

Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu 

Arihia has been the Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu since 2012. A passion for enabling and empowering whānau and communities to take control of their own lives, find their own voice and be the best they can be is a key driver for her in her current role. Arihia has held advisory positions to government, including Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Commissioner (CERC) following the September 2010 earthquake, director for Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation from 1999-2002, and chair from 2002-2005. She is a current member of the Global Women’s Network and the Tuahiwi Māori Women’s Welfare League. In 2008, she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and the community.