Programme 2020

2020 programme announcements

Tuesday 26 May 2020
AusIMM INVESTMENT AND EXPLORATION FORUM

 

 

1.00pm

WELCOME

CHAIR: Michael Gazley - New Zealand Branch Chair, AusIMM

 

1.15pm

NEW ZEALAND PETROLEUM AND MINERALS ADDRESS

New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals leads and actively manages the New Zealand government’s minerals and petroleum portfolio. It grants access to New Zealand’s Crown-owned minerals, and works alongside participants throughout their time here. Its aim is to attract capable companies with high environmental and health and safety standards. There is currently an impetus around developing strategic minerals in New Zealand to provide for a transition to a lower emissions future.

Sarah KenwardManager Minerals Operations, Energy Resource Markets Branch - Ministry Business, Innovation and Employment

 

1.40pm

ADVICE FOR NEW EXPLORERS LANDING IN NZ

Entering the New Zealand minerals scene requires local knowledge and a tailored approach in terms of early stage consultation, engagement with regulators and procuring of consultancy services.

In this presentation hear from our speaker whom has experience in working both for the Government regulator and promoter, and also on the exploration side.

  • Regulatory agencies and their roles
  • Iwi consultation
  • Consultancy services available – geoscience, legal, commercial, communications
  • Lessons learned in the past

Josh Adams - Energy and Resources Consultant

 

2.05pm

THE KAWHIA MINERALS DEVELOPMENT

Brendon Green - Project Manager, Tainui Kawhia Minerals Development

 

2.30pm

BLACKWATER GOLD MINE

Mark Le Messurier - Managing Director, Tasman Mining

 

2.55pm

AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

 

3.40pm

TALISMAN GOLD MINE

Wayne Chowles - Chief Operating Officer, New Talisman Gold Mines

 

4.05pm

WHAREKIRAUPONGA (WKP) GOLD PROJECT

Lorrance Torckler - Geology and Exploration Manager, OceanaGold

 

4.30pm

COMPANY/PROJECT PRESENTATION #5

 

5.00pm

WENNZ (Women in Extractives Network New Zealand) WELCOME DRINKS

Welcome and introduction to WENNZ: Chris Baker - Chief Executive Officer, Straterra

Guest Speaker: Kristy Christensen - Director, Shesfreetobe and New Zealand branch committee member AusIMM
Helping organisations invest in their female workforce and see them thrive!

 

PROGRAMME 2020 - DAY 1

Wednesday 27 May 2020
New Zealand Minerals Forum 2020 - Day One
Thursday 28 May 2020
New Zealand Minerals Forum 2020 - Day Two
Forum Day One AusIMM: Exploration; Geoscience;
Environmental Science
Mine Managers' Forum Policy and Regulatory Gala Dinner Forum Day Two AusIMM: Exploration; Geoscience;
Environmental Science 
Energy Users' Forum Aggregates & Industrial Minerals

 

 

7.00am

Registration and coffee

 

8.00am

WELCOME AND OPENING

DAY ONE MC: Maree Baker-Galloway - Partner, Anderson Lloyd

 

8.20am

OUR PLACE IN THE NEW ZEALAND MINERALS SECTOR: A WAIKATO-TAINUI PERSPECTIVE    

Waikato-Tainui and its various hapū have a long association with minerals extraction in the Waikato region. It has a responsibility around guardianship of the land, best-practice environmental management and providing for its people. 
A new era for mining in New Zealand is underway around improved social license to operate and community engagement. 

  • The importance of resource extraction in the Waikato
  • Iwi investment vehicles and appetite for investment
  • How to consult with Waikato-Tainui 

Donna Flavell - Chief Executive, Waikato-Tainui 

 

8.50am

LEADERS’ PANEL: MINING’S ROLE IN A PROSPEROUS, LOW-EMISSIONS ECONOMY

Communicating mining’s valuable role now and into the future is both a challenge and an opportunity that is upon the sector. In this panel we discuss the theme of this year’s Minerals Forum and also get an update on what the leaders are thinking around current government policy.

  • zero carbon mining (what is agriculture doing to fix its image problem and what can we learn)
  • is there a ‘big offset’ the collective extractives industry should consider?
  • proposed changes to the RMA
  • the Government’s strategy for resources – what does this mean

PANELISTS: Brent Francis – New Zealand Coal and Carbon; Rene Sterk - RSC Consulting; Mick Wilkes - OceanaGold; Hon Eugenie Sage - Minister of Conservation and Land Information
FACILITATOR: Chris Baker - Chief Executive Officer, Straterra

 

9.30am

 

Pop-Up Theatre Day 1 - Session 1

 

9.50am

COUNTERING A CULTURE OF FATIGUE AND INCREASING SAFETY: PEOPLE, PROCESS AND TECHNOLOGY

Often we hear about the increased role that technology is taking in the resources sector impacting safety, productivity and efficiency; creating the mine site of the future. This presentation is a case study of sites that have incorporated technology that is keeping their operators safe by embracing the workforce itself. Caterpillar have walked alongside their customers and their workforces with technology as the vehicle to achieve exceptional safety outcomes. Outcomes that have positively impacted the cultural stigma with true and lasting change and continued development occurring.

Matt Sampson - Commercial Consultant, Caterpillar

 

10.10am

AUSIMM ADDRESS TO DELEGATES 

The role of AusIMM in supporting people to build the best future for the industry.

Stephen Durkin - Chief Executive Officer, AusIMM

 

10.30am

MORNING TEA

Pop-Up Theatre Day 1 - Session 2

 

11.00am

AUSIMM STREAM: EXPLORATION; GEOSCIENCE; ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Supported by:

MINE MANAGERS' FORUM - Unlocking technology in your extractives operation

Sponsored by:

POLICY AND REGULATORY STREAM

 

   

WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR

 

WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR

Mike Stewart - Technical Domain Expert, Seequent

WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR

Maree Baker-Galloway - Partner, Anderson Lloyd

 

11.10am

THE REEFTON REVIVAL

The Reefton area has a rich history of hard rock gold mining, the most recent being the Globe Progress (2007-2014) opencast mine. The potential reopening on the Blackwater Mine and interest from junior Exploration companies is resulting in a revival in New Zealand’s third most prolific goldfield. This session will cover

  • Progress since the Reefton Explorers’ Forum
  • Development opportunities
  • Exploration potential and strategy
  • Access considerations

PANELISTS: Mark Rattenbury - GNS Science, John Taylor - Western Ventures

FACILITATOR: Hamish Blakemore - Exploration Superintendent, OceanaGold

KOMATSU PRESENTATION

PANEL DISCUSSION: WEST COAST MAYORS AND CHAIRS

The minerals sector is the largest contributor to regional GDP on the West Coast and it contributes substantially to the country’s export earnings. Clarity around the regulatory and policy landscape for mining has been difficult to interpret. Hear from the leaders on the West Coast – some of them newly elected - about their view of the future.

  • District plan alignment
  • Shared resources/streamlining within the region
  • Stewardship land review

PANELISTS:
Bruce Smith – Westland District
Jamie Cleine – Buller District
Tania Gibson – Grey District
David Spiers – Department of Conservation
Francois Tumahai – Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae
Mike Meehan – West Coast Regional Council

FACILITATOR:
Patrick Phelps – Minerals West Coast

 

11.20am

 
 

11.30am

Pop-Up Theatre Day 1 - Session 3

Bathurst Resources

 

 

11.50am

TEN PATHWAYS TO DEATH AND DISASTER

Learning from fatal incidents in mining and other high hazard workplaces has been widely and positively reviewed in practitioner/industry circles. The concept has been picked up by a number of mining companies and also used as basis for industry training packages in Australia.Based on his book “10 Pathways to Death and Disaster”, Michael Quinlan PhD will take the audience through answers to a number of questions including; why do mine disasters continue to occur in wealthy countries when major mine hazards have been known for over 200 years and subject to regulation for well over a century?

Michael Quinlan - Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations, UNSW Business School

 

12.10pm

NEW INSIGHTS INTO OLD DATA: RE-EVALUATING THE EPITHERMAL GOLD POTENTIAL OF THE COROMANDEL PENINSULA

In this study, we re-evaluate the mineral potential for Au-Ag epithermal mineralisation of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand using a random forest-based machine learning approach that utilises geoscience data compiled in 2012. The results are compared to a mineral potential map generated using the empirical weights of evidence method.

Arianne Ford - Senior GIS Analyst, Kenex

MINE PLAN UPDATE: MARTHA PROJECT

The Martha Project is the underground mine-life-extension project to New Zealand’s second largest producing gold mine at Waihi. A substantial underground drilling programme commenced in 2017 and various resource upgrades have been booked since then.

  • Project overview and update
  • Update on commencement of production
  • Challenges posed by a complex mine plan
  • Innovations used

Dave Townsend - Underground Technical Services Superintendent, OceanaGold

UPDATE ON CURRENT POLICY DEVELOPMENTS, CONSULTATION AND SUBMISSIONS IN THE EXTRACTIVES SECTOR

In this presentation the audience will receive an overview of the lobbying and advocacy work Straterra is doing and an update on the various pieces of extractives sector regulatory and policy developments it is working on.

Jeremy Harding – Policy and Communications Manager, Straterra

 

12.30pm

NETWORKING LUNCH

 
 

1.30pm

STRUCTURAL GEOLOGICAL CONTEXT OF THE REEFTON GOLDFIELD AND ITS INFLUENCE ON ORE LOCALISATION

A geological map in production shows that the main mineralisation corridors in the Reefton Goldfield occur in areas of greater fold intensity. The larger gold deposits occur in or close to plunging quartz vein sheets and arrays that are closely associated with fold hinges. The 1 Moz Globe-Progress mine gold deposit occurs in a local structural setting that is markedly different to typical Reefton Goldfield deposits. The geological map compilation has not revealed any possible analogous Globe-Progress-style structural settings elsewhere in the goldfield.

Mark Rattenbury - Research Geologist, GNS Science

WORKSAFE PRESENTATION: UNDERSTANDING THE NEW MINING & QUARRYING REGULATIONS

Minerals Forum is being held following the launch of the new Health and Safety at Work (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations. The Regulations are a result of a significant period of consultation between MBIE, WorkSafe and industry. This session will include:

  • The process for reviewing the 2013 Mining & Quarrying Regulations
  • An outline of changes to the regulations
  • The inclusion of quarries and alluvial mines
  • Changes to Certificates of Competence
  • The concept of “proportionality” in interpreting the Regulations
  • WorkSafe’s approach to regulating under the revised regulations
  • Q&A with the audience

Paul Hunt – Chief Inspector Extractives, WorkSafe

CASE STUDY: WHAT WENT WRONG AT THE FOULDEN HILLS PROJECT

The Foulden Hills diatomite project in Otago promised to be the next big industrial minerals development in New Zealand. A combination of largely non-technical strategic errors combined with regulatory delays and community backlash saw the company advancing the mine placed into receivership mid-2019.
What lessons can be learned from this for future mining projects in New Zealand:

  • Project overview
  • Challenges of foreign ownership and dealing with the Overseas Investment Act
  • Planning and community engagement
  • Combating opposition and social media

Craig Pilcher - Former New Zealand Project Manager at Plaman Resources

Pop-Up Theatre Day 1 - Session 5

WrightZone

Aaron Wright-St. Clair - Director, WrightZone

 

1.50pm

DRILLING GOLD DEPOSITS – THE IMPACTS OF SAMPLE QUALITY

Drilling is the primary tool used to define gold mineral resources around the world. There is a significant imbalance between the effort put into undertaking QAQC on analytical data from these samples and the effort of assessing the quality of drill samples which are submitted for assay. 

Dale Sims - Principal, Dale Sims Consulting

 

2.00pm

ESTABLISHING A CRITICAL CONTROL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF OPERATIONAL RISK

Historically organisations have used a risk based approach for identifying, analysing and evaluating hazards in their workplaces.  Over time this process has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of health and safety incidents across industry. However, we are still having serious events so could we be doing more? Is there room for improvement?  Well, yes, one fatality is too many.

Karen BelousoffHealth and Safety, Risk and Systems Specialist, Bathurst Resources

Putting your best foot forward, or putting a foot in our mouth?

Why is it that the public just doesn’t seem to understand everything we tell them about a project and all of its benefits? Why do they have so much trouble understanding the details we have provided? It’s all there in black and white, all the numbers and the technical detail … Have we ever considered that the problem may be us?

This presentation will address the fundamentals of effective communication – how to tell our story in a way that people can understand and relate to.

Kit Wilson - Senior Communications Advisor, OceanaGold

 

2.10pm

TAS MCKEE MEMORIAL ADDRESS

The Tasman Joseph McKee Memorial Address was initiated by the New Zealand Branch of the AusIMM in 1973 to commemorate the life and work of Tas McKee (1911-1973). The address is presented at the Annual Conference of the New Zealand Branch, usually by the President of the AusIMM.

Tas McKee was perhaps the most important and influential person in the New Zealand minerals industry during the 20th Century and was also a committed member of the AusIMM. He was elected as a Member on 4 July 1960 and was Councillor for New Zealand from 1965 until his death in 1973. Tas was the driving force behind the establishment of the New Zealand Branch of the AusIMM in 1966 and was the first Chairman of the Branch from 1966 to 1967.

Janine Herzig - President and Chair of Board of Directors, AusIMM

 

2.30pm

DRONE USE AND SURVEYING IN GEOTECH

Drone use is becoming increasingly widespread in mines and quarries across a range of applications. Where does one start and what sort of costs (and savings) are available from using drone technology

  • how operations manage their slope design aspects
  • new software available and how it is applied to the mine
  • latest drone imagery and processing
  • application for smaller quarries and mines
  • general surveying use
  • drone services procurement

Andy Burrell – Aerial Systems Manager, LandPro

 

Pop-Up Theatre Day 1 - Session 6

 

 

2.35pm

POLYMETALLIC NODULES: A CHOICE OF A NEW GENERATION

Sean Aldrich - NZ Manager & Principal Geologist, RSC Mining and Mineral Exploration

 

3.00pm

AFTERNOON BREAK AND REFRESHMENTS

 

3.30pm

NEW EPITHERMAL GOLD EXPLORATION MODELS

New Zealand research has had a major input in developing international exploration models for epithermal gold deposits, particularly epithermal mineralisation processes through research on geothermal systems. Recently, the Government funded, four-year (2014-2018) Gold Exploration Models research programme focussed on the geological and structural setting of the deposits, their geochemical and geophysical signatures and footprints, and mineralogical and geochemical vectors to mineralisation, providing new insights for exploration.

Tony Christie - Senior Minerals Geologist, GNS Science

FUTURE ACTIONS AROUND THE GOVERNMENT RESOURCES STRATEGY

In 2019 the Government released its Minerals and Petroleum Resource Strategy document. Seen as an overarching theme for the Government’s approach to the resources sector, 2020 promises to be a year of implementation as future reforms materialise.

  • Key takeaways for the mining and quarrying sectors
  • How does the Crown Minerals Act review tie back into this
  • Upcoming policy direction

Andy HumePolicy Director, Energy and Resource Markets, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Pop-Up Theatre Day 1 - Session 7

WORKSAFE: Understanding the new CPD requirements for CoC holders

 Presentation on the new CPD requirements followed by practical session where you can bring along your laptops, log books and documentation and work on your CPD logbook with the support of BoE Secretariat staff

 

3.50pm

LEGACY TAILINGS FACILITY CLOSURE DESIGN - CASE STUDY

A legacy tailings facility covering 100 ha and storing approximately 8 Mm3 of hazardous fine-grained residue requires closure rehabilitation works. 

Ultimately, a Partial Geomembrane Cap + Partial Revegetation and Targeted Seepage Capture PFC design was selected as the preferred option, as it was assessed to meet rehabilitation objectives and provide equivalent environmental risk protection compared to the regulator ‘default’ - whilst coming in serval million dollars cheaper (CAPEX) and with a smaller environmental footprint.

Aslan Perwick - Groundwater Services Leader, Pattle Delamore Partners

 

4.00pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: MINERAL SANDS OPPORTUNITIES 

Bulk titano-magnetite bearing sand (ironsand) mining occurs on the West Coast of the North Island at Waikato North Head and Taharoa. A number of other proposals exist to explore and extract ironsands from both onshore and offshore prospects. 

Other heavy mineral sand opportunities in New Zealand include ilmenite, zircon, garnet, gold (or a combination of these and others). 

In this panel we take a look at: 

  • current ironsand operations and exploration
  • the offshore challenge, both technological and regulatory
  • commercialising other minerals such as vanadium, ilmenite, garnet

PANELISTS:
Alan Eggers – Trans-Tasman Resources
Brendon Green – Tainui Kawhia Minerals Management
John Youngson – NZIMMR
Tom Ritchie – Hardie Pacific

FACILITATOR:
Campbell McKenzie – Business Development Manager, RSC Mining & Mineral Exploration Services

 

4.10pm

THE CHALLENGES FOR CURRENT COAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN NEW ZEALAND

Bathurst Resources is the country’s largest coal miner. It exports coal into Asian high temperature markets and also provides thermal coal for use in New Zealand. Modern coal projects adhere to high environmental standards, returning disturbed ground to a strict formula.
In this presentation we have a look at the challenges with accessing new coal resources and consenting new coal projects under in the political and regulatory environment.

Damian Spring - General Manager Resource Development, Bathurst Resources

 

4.20PM

 
 

4.40pm

STRATIGRAPHY, PROVENANCE AND LOCALISATION OF THE IRONSAND DEPOSIT AT WAIKATO NORTH HEAD, SOUTH AUCKLAND

The Waikato North Head (WNH) ironsand deposit lies within a ~80-m-thick sequence of Pleistocene-Holocene, coastal and river sands near the mouth of the Waikato River. The formation of this giant placer, with a total resource of about 90 Mt of Fe, is due to:

  • A coastal embayment, on the northern side of a headland of basement rocks at Port Waikato, which collected titanomagnetite-bearing sand mainly sourced from the Taranaki Volcanoes 220 km to the south via longshore drift, and to a minor amount from the Taupo Volcanic Zone via the Waikato River
  • Further concentration of titanomagnetite by wind action into dune sands during glacial low sea levels
  • The preservation of accumulations of titanomagnetite-rich dune sand by subsidence in a fault-angle depression on the down-thrown north side of the Waikato Fault

Bob BrathwaiteEmeritus Scientist, GNS Science

 

5.00pm

NETWORKING DRINKS

 

7.00pm

TERRA CAT GALA DINNER AND AWARDS

Tickets can be purchased during registration

Featuring a three-course gala dinner and evening of networking, celebration and entertainment from our guest MC.

Highlights include the:

  • Terra Cat address
  • AusIMM New Zealand Branch Lloyd Jones Award and service certificate presentations
  • Minerals Sector Award presentations for Health and Safety Initiative, Innovation, Environmental Management and Community Initiative

 

Updated 19 February, 2020