"Technology, eh." Metallurgist Geua Kivung beams as she
describes how the oxidation process can be done in 60 minutes
in the process plant at OceanaGold's Macraes site, rather
than the traditional method which takes millions of years.
Investment and jobs are key factors in any decision to
allow mining of New Zealand's protected land areas.
OceanaGold has been digging in our backyard at the Macraes
site in East Otago for 20 years. Sally Rae and Craig Baxter
went underground to meet the workers.
Oamaru man Graeme Clark has urged the Waitaki District
Council to consider all possibilities to retain and maintain
the coastal road from Oamaru to the Waianakarua River mouth,
saying it is not just a road but an "experience".
The granting of a water resource consent for the Hunter Downs
irrigation scheme in South Canterbury would be a "welcome
boost" to farmers during the current dry period, South
Canterbury Irrigation Trust chairman Don McFarlane said