Programme 2020

New Zealand Minerals Forum 2020 combines the AusIMM New Zealand Branch annual conference and the annual Minerals Forum conference and trade exhibition. It provides one large conference for the mining and broader extractives industry in New Zealand. The new larger conference format will cater for a technical stream and a non-technical stream, as well as full plenary sessions for all delegates and a pop-up theatre for small presentations in the exhibition hall.

Programme overview

The programme for New Zealand Minerals Forum 2020 is currently under development. As sessions are confirmed they will appear here. Check back for more updates as we get closer to the conference.

 

Tue 26 May (under development)
 

1.00 PM 

AusIMM INVESTMENT AND EXPLORATION FORUM


New insights into New Zealand mineral potential for investors

CHAIR: Michael Gazley - New Zealand Branch Chair, AusIMM

1.15 PM  
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 Kenward - Manager Minerals Operations, Energy Resource Markets Branch - Ministry Business, Innovation and Employment

1.40 PM  
COMPANY INVESTMENT AND PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

(20 min + 5 min question time for each presenter)

1.40 PM  
COMPANY/PROJECT PRESENTATION #1

2.05 PM  
COMPANY/PROJECT PRESENTATION #2

2.30 PM  
COMPANY/PROJECT PRESENTATION #3

2.55 PM  
COMPANY/PROJECT PRESENTATION #4

3.20 PM  
AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4.05 PM  
COMPANY/PROJECT PRESENTATION #5

4.30 PM  
COMPANY/PROJECT PRESENTATION #6

5.00 PM
WELCOME DRINKS

 

Wed 27 May

8.00 AM  
DAY 1 - WELCOME AND OPENING

MC: Maree Baker-Galloway - Partner, Anderson Lloyd

8:20 AM
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 

8.50 AM  
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
FACILITATOR: Chris Baker - Chief Executive Officer, Straterra

9.50 AM  
NEXT GENERATION FLEET TECHNOLOGY
Terra Cat

10.10 AM  
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

10.30 AM 
MORNING TEA

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11.00 AM 
DELEGATES BREAK INTO STREAMS

STREAM 1: AusIMM STREAM - EXPLORATION; GEOSCIENCE; ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

STREAM 2: MINE MANAGERS’ FORUM - UNLOCKING TECHNOLOGY IN YOUR EXTRACTIVES OPERATION

STREAM 3: POLICY AND REGULATORY

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STREAM 1: AusIMM STREAM - EXPLORATION; GEOSCIENCE; ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

11.00 AM

12.10 PM
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.

  • Weights of evidence model more effective at reducing the exploration search space.
  • Random forest models highlight prospective area not shown in the weights of evidence model.
  • Reprocessing old data using new machine learning techniques can provide new insights into the mineral system, what should be considered effective exploration targeting criteria, and potentially provide new exploration targets without expensive and ground disturbing new data collection.

Arianne Ford - Senior GIS Analyst, Kenex

12.30 PM
LUNCH

1.30 PM
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

1.50 PM
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. 

This presentation will look at: 

  • case studies looking at sampling quality in relation to defining and estimating gold deposits
  • proposing practical workflows to assist field practitioners in assessing their imprecisions
  • downstream and financial impacts of these issues  

 Dale Sims - Principal, Dale Sims Consulting

2.10 PM
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 HerzigPresident and Chair of Board of Directors, AUSIMM

2.30 PM

3.00 PM 
AFTERNOON TEA

3.30 PM 
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. The presentation will include:

  • Historical development of epithermal exploration models from the 1970s
  • Advances through incorporation of new exploration and research information
  • Results from the Gold Exploration Models research programme (2014-2018)
  • Future directions

Tony Christie - Senior Minerals Geologist, GNS Science

3.50 PM
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.  Pre-Feasibility Closure (PFC) designs were developed for the facility, incorporating:

  • Full Geo-membrane capping + re-vegetation (‘Default’ option for regulator)
  • Partial Geo-membrane capping + partial re-vegetation
  • Partial re-capping with soil only (no geomembrane) + partial re-vegetation
  • All of the above cap designs were combined with seepage capture options which included; full perimeter capture (‘Default’ for regulator), partial/targeted capture, and no seepage capture (attenuation only).

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 PerwickGroundwater Services Leader, Pattle Delamore Partners

4.10 PM
THE CHALLENGES FOR CURRENT COAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN NEW ZEALAND

Bathurst Resources is the country’s largest coal miner. It exports coal into Asian hightemperature 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.

  • deposit-scale challenges
  • multi-pit, multi-product challenges
  • social challenges of mining coal in New Zealand
  • where can we develop new coal resources for ongoing domestic supplies

Damian Spring - General Manager Resource Development, Bathurst Resources

5.00 PM 
NETWORKING DRINKS

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STREAM 2: MINE MANAGERS' FORUM - Unlocking technology in your extractives operation

11.00 AM 

11.50 AM
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?

  • examples outside of mining: Dreamworld, aviation, construction, oil and gas
  • are the underlying causes of disasters substantially different from those that result in one or two fatalities?
  • based on analysing mine disasters and fatal incidents in five countries - Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the USA - since 1992

Michael QuinlanEmeritus Professor of Industrial Relations, UNSW Business School

12.30 PM
LUNCH

1.30 PM 
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 HuntChief Inspector Extractives, WorkSafe

2.30 PM
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 used and 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

3.00 PM
AFTERNOON TEA (END OF STREAM)

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STREAM 3: POLICY AND REGULATORY

11.10 AM
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

CONFIRMED PANELISTS: Bruce Smith – Westland District; Jamie Cleine – Buller District; Tania Gibson – Grey District; David Spiers – Department of Conservation; Francois Tumahai – Ngati Waewae; Michael Meehan – West Coast Regional Council
FACILITATOR: Patrick Phelps  ManagerMinerals West Coast

12.10 PM
UPDATE ON CURRENT POLICY DEVELOPMENTS, CONSULTATION AND SUBMISSION TIMEFRAMES IN THE EXTRACTIVES SECTOR
In this presentation the audience will receive a visual overlay of the various pieces of extractives sector regulatory and policy developments, showing timeframes around key periods around consultation, submissions, drafts, enactment.

Jeremy Harding – Policy and Communications Manager, Straterra

12.30 PM
LUNCH

1.30 PM
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 - General Manager Domestic Operation, Bathurst Resources

3.00 PM
AFTERNOON TEA (END OF STREAM)

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3.30 PM 
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

Joey AuPrincipal Policy Advisor, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

4.00 PM  
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

CONFIRMED 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

5.00 PM 
NETWORKING DRINKS

7.00 PM 
TERRA CAT GALA DINNER AND MINERALS SECTOR AWARDS

 

Thu 28 May

8.00 AM
DAY 2 - WELCOME BACK AND DAY 1 RECAP

DAY 2 MC: TBA

8.15 AM  

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9.15 AM
DELEGATES BREAK INTO STREAMS

STREAM 1: THE AUSIMM STREAM: EXPLORATION; GEOSCIENCE; ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

STREAM 2: ENERGY USERS’ FORUM

STREAM 3: AGGREGATES AND INDUSTRIAL MINERALS
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STREAM 1: THE AUSIMM STREAM: EXPLORATION; GEOSCIENCE; ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

9.20 AM

CHAIR: Suzannah Toulmin - Principal Investment Advisor (Energy & Resource Markets), Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

9.30 AM
EXPLORING FOR LITHIUM-CAESIUM-TANTALUM (LCT) PEGMATITES IN NEW ZEALAND

An increasing number of applications in new technologies such as batteries and high-performance metals makes that demand for lithium is growing rapidly. However, exploration for LCT pegmatites is challenging and a careful exploration strategy is required to ensure that potentially mineralised areas are rapidly and cost-effectively identified. This session will be a presentation of an exploration strategy for LCT-pegmatites in New Zealand drawing from RSC’s experience obtained through projects in Australia, Zambia and Mozambique.

Mathijs van de Ven - Exploration Geologist, RSC Mining and Minerals Exploration

10.10 AM
UNDERSTANDING AND USING SOUTH ISLAND AEROMAG

New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals has been running the South Island airborne geophysics programme over the last 5 years as part of the larger Data Acquisition Program.
This presentation will cover the following aspects:

  • why the program was funded and the data type acquired
  • specs of what has been collected (airborne magnetics and radio-metrics)
  • uses for the data in general terms (mineral resources, geologic hazards/structure
  • and land use classification)
  • what is currently available, soon to be available and how to access it

Callum Skinner - Senior Data Geologist, New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

10.30 AM 
MORNING TEA

11.00 AM  

11.20 AM
ENHANCING DATA COLLECTED FROM DRILLING PROGRAMMES USING DOWNHOLE WIRELINE LOGGING AND TELEVIEWER TOOLS

See how acquisition of downhole data can aid geological interpretations from drilling programmes. As examples, structural data can be acquired from RC programmes, and more detailed domaining made possible using downhole physical property data. Examples are given from projects in Australia, but the method is equally applicable in New Zealand.

  • Downhole data adds to RC and compliments diamond drilling results
  • Structural data from downhole televiewers helps overcome apparent dip issues for modelling
  • Combined with assay data, downhole data can refine controls on mineralisation.

Simon Nielsen - Senior Geologist, Kenex

11.40 AM
MAINTAINING A SOCIAL LICENCE TO OPERATE THROUGH ADAPTIVE AMD MANAGEMENT

Many international projects have accepted treatment in perpetuity as the solution to manage acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD), which introduces future risks.  Often these future risk costs are not adequately considered in the project study.
From a 'social licence to operate' perspective, companies will need to demonstrate that they have taken all practicable efforts to prevent or minimise the quantity of AMD, and have contingency plans in place for event risks and any uncertainty. 
Uncertainty can be addressed by adaptive management processes, which provides internal and external stakeholders confidence that the future risks associated with AMD can be managed. 

Paul Weber - Director and Principal Environmental Geochemist, Mine Waste Management

12.05 PM
DOMAINING IN MINERAL RESOURCE ESTIMATION

Books and courses on resource estimation clearly express the importance of domaining but offer few practical solutions or rules of thumb. There appears to be a lack of clear standards, a lack of a framework to distinguish good from bad domaining practice and there is a perpetuation of bad practice masked as common practice. Here we offer some recommendations to raise domaining standards across the industry and present a rules-based approach to improve domaining practices at the individual level.

Rene Sterk - Director and Principal Consultant Geologist, RSC Consulting

12.30 PM
LUNCH

1.30 PM  

2.20 PM

2.40 PM
HOW THE MACRAES GOLD MINE COULD BECOME ONE OF THE WORLDS FIRST CARBON NEUTRAL MINES

In 2019, the NZ Government passed the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill.  This legislation sets into law the requirement for NZ to become carbon neutral by 2050. OceanaGold recognises that becoming carbon neutral prior to 2050 will benefit the company’s social license.This presentation will consider:

  • Current and historic carbon emissions at Macraes in a world and NZ context
  • The largest opportunities for carbon reductions at Macraes
  • Opportunities to mine more material from underground rather than from surface
  • What carbon reductions are available with using alternative fuels (e.g. biodiesel, LNG, electrification)
  • Opportunities available to offset carbon emissions, issues with carbon offsets and expected lag times for effective offsetting
  • Potential timeframes to achieve full carbon neutrality

Pieter DoelmanTechnical Services & Projects Manager, OceanaGold

3.00 PM
AFTERNOON TEA (END OF STREAM)

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STREAM 2: ENERGY USERS' FORUM

9.20 AM

CHAIR: Linda ThompsonSustainable Energy & Utilities Group Manager, Fonterra

10.00 AM
SOLAR POWER AND BATTERY STORAGE FOR RESILIENCY, LOWER ENERGY COSTS AND COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES

Increasingly extractives operations are looking at alternative energy solutions at mine sites, and with some success.
In this presentation we hear about the benefits of using solar and battery for reducing costs of energy, and exposure to fuel price increases and diesel shortages.

  • how to build solar and storage in a way which supports local community during and after the economic life of a mine or quarry. How this lines up with any CSR objectives
  • wider benefits for solar in New Zealand

Dr. Andrew Crossland - Power Systems Engineer, Infratec

10.30 AM
MORNING TEA

11.00 AM 
MANAGING CARBON LIABILITIES FOR LARGE ENERGY USERS

  • Framework around carbon liabilities (from Kyoto to Paris and beyond)
  • How the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act will change the landscape for miners and large emitters in New Zealand: ‘
    • Emissions budgets
    • Emissions auctions
    • Reduction of industrial allocations
    • Potential end of the price cap
    • Treatment of agricultural emissions
  • Case studies around innovative ways large energy users are managing their liabilities:
    • long-term offtake agreements;
    • planting trees
    • partnerships to grow forests
    • hedging carbon exposure in the forward market

Josh Williams - Senior Associate, Anderson Lloyd

11.30 AM

12.30 PM
LUNCH

1.30 PM  

3.00 PM
AFTERNOON TEA (END OF STREAM)

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STREAM 3: AGGREGATES AND INDUSTRIAL MINERALS

9.20 AM

CHAIR: Wayne ScottChief Executive, Aggregate and Quarry Association

9.30 AM
PANEL DISCUSSION: DEVELOPING A NEW ZEALAND AGGREGATES STRATEGY – PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PETROLEUM AND RESOURCE STRATEGY

Aggregate demand is currently running at 40mt pa in New Zealand and could go to 50mt. Demand is now a given. Securing future aggregate resources is becoming increasingly important and part of a broader discussion across the extractives sector.

  • Bringing aggregates into the economic debate
  • Securing local aggregate supply vs importing aggregates: what is the cost equation? Bulk ships can be easily be backloaded but what about the logistics
  • What is the role of recycling and re-use in the equation

PANELISTS: Wayne Scott - Aggregate and Quarry Association; Murray Francis - Road Metals; Joey Au - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment;
FACILITATOR: Dan McGregor - Winstone Aggregates

10.30 AM
MORNING TEA

11.00 AM  
PRESENTATION: HOLCIM IN NEW ZEALAND

Global building products giant LafargeHolcim operates in New Zealand through the Holcim brand and a range of investments. The company has key stakes in the country’s cement and ready-mix concrete infrastructure and industries. A new local direction around growth is emerging. In this presentation we hear from new local head Kevin Larcombe:

  • Outlining the local strategy
  • Excellence in cement delivery
  • Growth through acquisitions
  • Sustainable growth the Holcim way
  • Leveraging vertically-integrated business in cement, aggregate, concrete and transport

Kevin LarcombeExecutive General Manager, Holcim New Zealand

11.30AM
LOW COST EXPLORATION TECHNIQUES FOR QUARRIES
High demand for aggregate around the country sees many quarries looking to expand their resource base and discover new areas for quarrying. Considerable advantages exist through the application of geophysics in your exploration phase to overlay data onto outcrop locations and boreholes. Cost savings are available.

  • Modern geophysics and what you can do
  • Calculating overburden layers and cost of extraction
  • Application to limestone deposits

Mike Finnemore – Director, Southern Geophysical

12.00PM
DEVELOPMENTS IN AGGREGATE RECYCLING AND IMPACTS FOR THE INDUSTRY
Aggregate recycling is advancing and technology is driving uptake. How important is the scale of your operation to make recycling work? In this presentation we hear an Australian perspective with recent experience and relevance in New Zealand.

  • Industry overview in Australia and New Zealand
  • Plant and technology used in the industry and similarity/differences from the aggregates industry
  • Products and technical specifications of recycled products and their uses
  • Impacts of the recycling industry and future trends

Clayton Hill – Principal, Groundwork

12.30 PM
LUNCH

1.30 PM  

2.20 PM
CHATHAM ROCK PHOSPHATE – A SUSTAINABLE EXPLOITATION OF SEABED MINERAL RESOURCES

Chatham holds a 820 km 2 mining permit on the central Chatham Rise and will use the world’s best knowledge and technology to recover phosphate nodules from the seafloor at depths of 350 to 450 metres. It has partnered with Royal Boskalis Westminster, one of the world’s leading dredging and marine services companies.

In this presentation we will hear about the modified trailing suction hopper dredging system and the onboard separation system, what will the environmental impacts be and in particular how the plume is being managed.

Chris Castle - Director, Chatham Rock Phosphate

2.40 PM
A 2020 UPDATE ON NEW ZEALAND AGGREGATE RESOURCES

The aggregate resources of New Zealand need to be carefully managed to efficiently sustain future development. We have used a mineral potential modelling approach to identify places in New Zealand for future hard rock and gravel quarry locations. Maps of the source rocks, environmental restrictions, future aggregate demand, supporting infrastructure and cultural sensitivity have been created from many different digital data sets. Combining these maps highlights aggregate resource opportunities at a national-scale and can be used to manage land use and planning, generate targets for exploration activities, and provide insight into future resources.

This 2020 update looks at new modelling which analyses gravel and hard rock resources separately. It also takes a more in-depth look into the current land use of future aggregate resources and features a much more advanced aggregate demand map. It includes results from at least two recent case studies for aggregate exploration. 

Matthew Hill - Geologist, GNS Science

3.00 PM
AFTERNOON TEA (END OF STREAM)

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ALL DELEGATES RETURN TO MAIN PLENARY

3.30 PM
BLUEPRINT FOR A NET ZERO EMISSIONS COAL MINE: CANTERBURY COAL MINE

What does a net zero emissions mine look like? Bathurst’s Canterbury Coal mine is set to be
a prototype for New Zealand’s first net zero emissions mine. In this presentation we hear
about fleet, plant power, on-site forestry offsets and how to source biodiesel.

  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Bathurst’s climate and sustainability strategy

Richard Tacon – Chief Executive Officer, Bathurst Resources

4.00 PM
ELECTION TIME! POLITICAL LEADERS’ DEBATE

The resources sector has been at the centre of proposed reforms by the current Government. As we lead into the 2020 election, hear from the Minister of Energy and Resources and the spokespeople from the other key political parties.

  • Is the Petroleum and Resource Strategy fit-for-purpose
  • Are we maximising the benefits available from the country’s minerals endowment
  • What does best-practice environmental regulation look like
  • Has the climate change debate hijacked all Government policy
  • What would each party do if elected/re-elected

CONFIRMED: Jonathan Young; David Seymour; Gareth Hughes; Hon Shane Jones
INVITED: Hon Dr Megan Woods
FACILITATOR: TBA

5.00 PM
CONFERENCE CLOSE AND WRAP-UP

 

Click here to download a PDF copy of the New Zealand Minerals Forum 2019  programme for reference.

Updated 20 December, 2019