mining Archive

  • Catherine Delahunty

    Net Conservation Benefit - by Catherine Delahunty

    The Government has a strategy to avoid protecting the environment, especially land set aside for its conservation values. It’s called “net conservation benefit” and the poster child of this disingenuous piece of spin is the Bathurst Resources agreement with DOC at the Denniston Plateau. As DOC is increasingly required to commercialise and mining is promoted, […] read more
    June 25, 2014 1:23 pm - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Barrick Gold’s violence highlights need for ethical investment - by Catherine Delahunty

    The Green Party has long advocated for ethical investment by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.  Several companies, in which the Super Fund invests, have been accused of human rights violations, the production of nuclear arms, and causing severe environmental damage. One such company was Barrick Gold– a Canadian mining company which has caused environmental damage […] read more
    June 12, 2014 10:30 am - No Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    There’s one thing I agree with the deep sea fishing lobby on - by Gareth Hughes

    I don’t see eye to eye with the deep sea fishing industry on many things, having personally seen the havoc bottom trawling wreaks on the ocean floor, but one thing I do agree with them on is the issue of seabed phosphate mining. read more
    May 20, 2014 1:45 pm - 3 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Shifting sands: the uneven playing field in the battle for West Coast ironsands - by Gareth Hughes

    The Environmental Protection Authority is about to decide if large-scale seabed mining is to start off the North Island’s West Coast in a precedent-setting case, but the playing field has been tipped against the environment from the start. read more
    May 6, 2014 9:03 am - 3 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Pureora too precious to mine - by Catherine Delahunty

    Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman and I recently went to Pureora Forest Park to experience what natural wonders New Zealand could lose if Energy Minister Simon Bridges decides to allow gold mining companies to explore for gold there. I met Russel in Taupo and together we headed west to the Park, known for its ancient […] read more
    May 5, 2014 3:41 pm - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Key’s international media FAIL - by Gareth Hughes

    Not every bit of international media our Tourism Minister gets is good news for New Zealand as illustrated on a British website this week. New Zealand featured prominently on the Guardian website this week under the headline “New Zealand pushing plans to drill Middle-earth as Hobbit filming ends” read more
    July 30, 2013 9:47 pm - 13 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Action for Archey’s – The Parakiwai Protest - by Catherine Delahunty

    Early on Saturday morning, residents and friends of the Coromandel led by the legendary Coromandel Watchdog group took a two hour walk uphill to the Newmont gold drilling rig in the Wharekirauponga area of the Forest Park. Newmont has been drilling in this area for several years and claims to be pretty excited by the […] read more
    July 9, 2013 3:07 pm - 7 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Hope for Denniston - by Catherine Delahunty

    On Friday there was another step backwards for Bathurst Resources in their bid to open cast mine the Denniston Plateau. The High Court ruled that the Environment Court had been in error with some of their findings from their interim decision in March. This requires the Environment Court to re-evaluate several aspects of the original […] read more
    June 14, 2013 4:12 pm - 9 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Schedule 4 open for drilling! - by Catherine Delahunty

    Many of the Frogblog readers would have supported the fantastic campaign in 2010 to love and protect the Schedule 4 areas of our beautiful country from mining. You will not be impressed by the news that the Government which promised to protect Schedule 4 is now eroding the promise. You will not be impressed by […] read more
    April 12, 2013 3:22 pm - 106 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Denniston too precious to mine - by Catherine Delahunty

    I am concerned that the interim decision of the Environment Court does not rule out the mining of the Denniston Plateau. The interim decision of the Environment Court acknowledges that the Denniston Plateau has high biodiversity values which would be impacted by mining and that the situation is too close to call. However the decision […] read more
    March 28, 2013 2:53 pm - 9 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Japan and Gas Hydrates-Fire in Ice - by Gareth Hughes

    In news out this week, it’s clear the new frontline of climate change is deep at the bottom of the ocean. read more
    March 14, 2013 4:45 pm - 76 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Lignite coal to stay in the hole - by Gareth Hughes

    I am celebrating today after the news that Solid Energy will be dropping its Lignite project in Southland. This is a win for the climate and our environment and for Southland. read more
    February 22, 2013 3:50 pm - 20 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Solid Energy’s future is in clean energy - by Gareth Hughes

    There hasn’t been a great deal of good news lately for Solid Energy. What does the future hold? read more
    February 7, 2013 12:25 pm - 163 Comments
  • frog

    Infographic – jobs in manufacturing vs mining - by frog

    One of these industries is shedding thousands of jobs, urging the Government to help, and being ignored. One of these industries is jobs-poor, urging the Government to back it, and being listened to. How about this instead? read more
    February 1, 2013 4:26 pm - 15 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Remembering Waihi and Pike - by Denise Roche

    The Pike River report released this week showed how little progress in health and safety New Zealand has made since the days of the Waihi mine strike. My own grandfather was a miner at Waihi. He died when my mother was small and my grandmother said that working in the mine meant long hours and […] read more
    November 12, 2012 7:19 am - 63 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    EU warns against fracking while NZ oil lobbyist has head in the clouds - by Gareth Hughes

    Last week three new reports commissioned by the European Union about fracking were released, which voiced strong concerns around fracking for shale gas, the unconventional gas sector and the lack of sufficient regulation in place to deal with the shale gas boom. read more
    September 12, 2012 4:48 pm - 3 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Asset sales costing jobs not creating them - by Kevin Hague

    Solid Energy’s announcement last week of the suspension of work at the Spring Creek mine is a devastating blow to the West Coast economy and our local community. Up to 230 jobs could go (plus others in contractors and related industries), which is very bad news for the workers and their families who are dependent […] read more
    September 6, 2012 5:43 pm - 54 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Better choices than digging holes in the ground - by Gareth Hughes

    The Government’s “drill it, mine it, frack it” economic plan for New Zealand is a lazy gamble that belies a lack a vision. read more
    August 29, 2012 5:15 pm - 8 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Gas hydrates and the extreme energy age - by Gareth Hughes

    If you needed proof we are in the post-peak oil, extreme energy age one need just look at where the Government is going for their next fix. The Government has recently announced the first tranche of the MoBIE Science and Investment Round which included $3.2 million funding for gas hydrate exploration. read more
    August 29, 2012 11:30 am - 9 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Locking the gates to fracking - by Gareth Hughes

    Next week renowned Australian environmental campaigner, Drew Hutton is touring NZ talking about the risks of coal seam gas and fracking. read more
    August 17, 2012 1:23 pm - 3 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Smith gets it wrong on fracking - by Gareth Hughes

    Former Environment Minister Nick Smith has been peddling a pro-fracking article across the country’s newspapers but he can’t even get his facts straight. read more
    August 16, 2012 4:53 pm - 78 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Newmont versus the vulnerable – my week in court - by Catherine Delahunty

    This week I spent 4 days in the Environment Court with some Waihi residents opposing the expansion of the mining activities in the Martha pit. It is a small variation on the 1987 Mining Licence but it could lead a new large scale underground gold mine. At the hearing, the manawhenua Ngati Hako were raising […] read more
    August 4, 2012 2:15 pm - 9 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Don’t Frack with NZ postcard launched - by Gareth Hughes

    To mark a new phase in our campaign to protect our health and environment, this week we’re launching our Don’t Frack with NZ postcard. read more
    August 1, 2012 9:59 am - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Fracking earthquakes - by Gareth Hughes

    The New Zealand Government has tried to downplay the risk of human-induced earthquakes but recent international reports show the Government should take a deeper interest. read more
    June 20, 2012 11:14 am - 3 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Mining our future - by Gareth Hughes

    I’m hitting the road with Catherine Delahunty on the Mining our Future tour. We’ll be travelling New Zealand over the coming weeks setting out the Government’s broad “drill it, mine it” agenda. We are starting with the big centres then will tour the provincial areas most affected by drilling and mining. read more
    April 10, 2012 4:24 pm - 3 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Don’t frack up our health - by Gareth Hughes

    Yesterday new research was released by the Colorado School of Public Health in the US linking air pollution from fracking with serious health problems for those who live near wells. read more
    March 22, 2012 4:51 pm - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Mining the truth in Northland - by Catherine Delahunty

    It takes a lot of effort to mine for the truth among all the rhetoric and spin coming from the industry and our National-led Government. Currently, the Far North District Mayor is heading to a large miner’s conference in Canada to sell the minerals of Te Tai Tokerau/Northland to foreign miners. The trip has to […] read more
    February 23, 2012 9:57 am - 40 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Can’t or won’t? - by Gareth Hughes

    On Tuesday, Steven Joyce, Minister of Economic Development and Science and Innovation, wrote about the ‘you cant’s’ of our country, in an opinion piece in the NZ Herald. Feeling that perhaps I am one of those people he criticises as ‘people who in the one breath chant “more jobs, more jobs” and then in the next breath say “but don’t do that, or that, or that”, I thought I would ask Mr Joyce a few questions about why he and... read more
    February 10, 2012 2:11 pm - 102 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Easy to to have your say on EEZ Bill - by Gareth Hughes

    Submissions for the Government’s new bill regulating the Exclusive Economic Zone close this Friday and we need as many as possible to help improve this law. read more
    January 25, 2012 2:14 pm - 1 Comment
  • frog

    Massive anti-mining protests in Peru - by frog

    It’s not just New Zealanders who are increasingly rejecting the tired old rhetoric about “balancing” environmental protection with economic progress used to excuse environmental degradation. This from Cajamarca, Peru: read more
    December 7, 2011 2:45 pm - 3 Comments
  • frog

    A broken promise by National before a Government is even formed - by frog

    Here’s the National Party’s Minister of Conservation, in response to Green MP Kevin Hague’s question in Parliament a couple of months ago: Kevin Hague: Does the Minister agree with the resource consent commissioners when they said “it is abundantly clear that large scale mining is poised to invade the entire Denniston Plateau coal reserves which […] read more
    November 30, 2011 6:38 pm - 18 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Why is our Super Fund profiting from Norilsk, one of the world’s dirtiest miners? - by Russel Norman

    Norilsk Nickel is one of the world’s largest producers of nickel and palladium, as well as Russia’s leading gold producer. It’s also one of the dirtiest mining companies in the world. The company’s hometown operations in Russia have resulted in the city of Norilsk becoming one of the most polluted places in the world. Many […] read more
    August 15, 2011 2:12 pm - 2 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Mine safety improvements needed NOW - by Kevin Hague

    When someone heads off to work in the morning, they have a right to expect that their workplace is as safe as it can possibly be, and that they will return home again after work, safe and well. In the immediate aftermath of the Pike River mine disaster Cabinet ministers, most notably John Key himself […] read more
    June 23, 2011 1:52 pm - 3 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Coromandel – No More Mining, Stop the Vandals - by Catherine Delahunty

    Last Sunday we went for a walk in the park. Some people went all the way to the Glass Earth/Newmont drilling rig high in the forest park and occupied it for a while. The rest of us with our babies and banners walked for an hour and a half up the beautiful Parikiwai Valley near […] read more
    May 30, 2011 7:56 pm - 2 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Blackball Mayday Speech - by Kevin Hague

    While some others were focused on political events elsewhere in the country, I was in Blackball for the annual Mayday celebrations and for the launch of a memorial wheel for those who have lost their lives in West Coast mines in recent years, most notably the Pike River 29. Families had made tiles with the […] read more
    May 1, 2011 11:59 am - 2 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Conservation concerns not to blame for tragedy - by Kevin Hague

    We have been supporting the Government’s decision to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate both the immediate causes of the Pike River disaster and wider systemic issues that may also have been contributors, and are particularly pleased that the terms of reference have been cast sufficiently broadly. The other suggestions we have made […] read more
    November 29, 2010 5:21 pm - 49 Comments
  • frog

    Pike River: Celebrate one man’s determination to save his mate - by frog

    A disaster like that which has happened at the Pike River mine is always difficult to cope with. The families of 29 miners have no idea whether their loved ones are dead or alive, or if alive, whether they can be rescued. It is tempting to want to attribute blame, whether it be to the […] read more
    November 22, 2010 7:34 pm - 7 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    “Coromandel No More Mining” – It’s Not Over! - by Catherine Delahunty

    Yesterday about 50 local Coromandel people and some Auckland supporters protested peacefully against a Newmont Gold drilling rig at Opoutere, a small coastal community on the Coromandel. The drilling rig is working in forestry land upstream of the beautiful Opoutere estuary and dotterel recovery programme area. It is interesting that Newmont has funded a salary […] read more
    November 1, 2010 3:52 pm - No Comments
  • frog

    I can’t write satire, but Secret Agent ‘Lhaws’ can - by frog

    I’m a rather boring political blogger. I like to look at the evidence, see if it supports the political spin, and comment accordingly. But it seems we have a ‘secret agent” in the Greens who can write very clever satire, at least on mining. The agent’s under cover name is “Lhaws” read more
    July 25, 2010 9:16 pm - 4 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Reading the National Government’s playbook - by Kevin Hague

    It’s a bit of a hobby of mine – trying to infer the content of the advice they have received from Crosby-Textor from the behaviour of the Government. Of course it may not be that it’s just Crosby-Textor’s advice: some might come from Stephen Joyce himself, but you get the idea. Some of it’s obvious, […] read more
    July 22, 2010 6:00 pm - 7 Comments