The 2020 Minerals Forum Gala Dinner is a three-course dinner and evening of entertainment and networking.


Wednesday 27 May, 2020  
Venue Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton  
Time 7.00pm till late  
Dress code Business formal   



$185.00 - Delegates

$125.00 - Partners












The Minerals Sector Awards is 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.


The 2020 awards categories are:

Health and Safety Initiative Award

Sponsored by MinEx

The strongest overall demonstration of excellence in a health and safety initiative carried out by a New Zealand operator in the minerals sector.

Open to New Zealand mine and quarry owners including past and present operators and explorers.


Innovation Award

The strongest overall demonstration of innovation by a New Zealand operator or, service company in conjunction with an operator, in the minerals sector.

Open to New Zealand mine and quarry owners including past and present operators and explorers, or service companies in conjunction with an operator.


Environmental Management Award

Sponsored by 

The strongest overall demonstration of excellent environmental management and preservation by a New Zealand operator in the minerals sector. 

Open to New Zealand mine and quarry owners including past and present operators and explorers.


Community Initiative Award

Outstanding initiatives that have been demonstrably beneficial to both the organisation and community (school, iwi group, land owner etc) involved.

Open to New Zealand mine and quarry owners including past and present operators and explorers.



Entries open Wednesday 23 October, 2019  
Entries close Wednesday 25 March, 2020  
Finalists announced Wednesday 22 April, 2020  
Awards night Wednesday 27 May, 2020 Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton

2019 JUDGES 

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, 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.

Arihia Bennett

Sheryl roa

Principal Advisor – Consents, Waikato Regional Council

Sheryl Roa currently holds the position of Principal Advisor – Consents within the Resource Use Directorate at the Waikato Regional Council. Sheryl has been employed by the Waikato Regional Council since 2000.  Prior to this time, 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. She holds an MFE certificate in Making Good Decisions with the Chair endorsement, and also hold a commissioner certification since 2008 and the Chair endorsement since 2011.

Sheryl Roa


Chairman, CRL Energy

Alan Broome is a professional Director and Business advisor with over 40 years’ experience in the metals mining and energy industries. A Metallurgist by training, he had an extensive background in metal casting and mteel production before joining the mining industry in 1990. Alan has extensive knowledge of the mining industry accumulated through involvement with mining technology companies, government agencies and major international mining companies in promoting Australian mining and developing global trade.

Peter O Sullivan


Consents and Compliance Manager, The West Coast Regional Council

After studying resource and environmental management-related topics at Canterbury and Lincoln Universities, Heather has spent the last 13 years working both in and with sectors in the resource use and management space. This has included the Department of Conservation, district and regional councils and the dairy and mining industries.  Heather’s current role, as the Consents and Compliance Manager for the West Coast Regional Council, has provided a unique opportunity to engage with the mining industry – an industry of significant importance for the region.  Through the resource consents and compliance processes, and wider regional council functions, Heather interacts with a variety of mining operations, from small scale alluvial gold mines through to large open cast coal mines.