Nelson Discussion Group


The global effort to transition from fossil fuels to “green” energy technologies (wind, solar, geothermal) to help mitigate the potential impacts of climate change is well underway. However, there are significant challenges associated with this transition, particularly related to the supply of the mineral resources required to manufacture these new energy sources. Do we have enough lithium for the new fleet of electric cars? Can we stop mining by encouraging more recycling? In this talk Shaun will give an overview of our current need and usage of mineral resources, address misconceptions about our ability to supply the resources required, and discuss how our society (both New Zealand and globally) view the mining sector and the challenges these attitudes pose for successful development of a sustainable future.


Shaun Barker received a BSc(Hons) degree from the University of Otago in 2004, with his Honours thesis focusing on the structural context and geochemistry of pseudotachylite in Central Otago. He then completed a PhD titled “Dynamics of fluid flow and fluid chemistry during crustal shortening” at The Australian National University in 2007. Shaun then moved to the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at UBC, where he worked on the genesis of Carlin-type gold deposits in Nevada, and identifying vectors towards mineralisation. Since 2012, Shaun has worked at the University of Waikato as a senior lecturer, and is joining CODES at the University of Tasmania in July to work on sedimentary-hosted gold and copper deposits.


Date: Friday 1st June 2018
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Nick Smith’s Community Room
544 Waimea Road
Cost: Free for all to attend. Includes drinks and finger food.
Registrations: Please RSVP your interest to attend to Carol Foote by emailing

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