Awards

The Lloyd Jones Award

This award honours the contribution of Lloyd Jones, a founding member of The AusIMM New Zealand Branch, Secretary from formation of the Branch in 1966 until 1999, and Branch Chairman in 1971-1972 and 1980-1982. The award is presented in recognition of extraordinary and sustained service to The AusIMM New Zealand Branch. Service may be through filling positions on the New Zealand Branch Committee; through significant participation in the organisation of a number of New Zealand Branch conferences; or through significant service in New Zealand Branch activities. A maximum of one Award will be made in any one year and the award is not necessarily awarded annually. Nomination for the award must be made via a member of the New Zealand Branch committee and the Award will be decided by the Branch committee. The Award will be presented at the conference dinner of the Annual AusIMM New Zealand Branch Conference. The award will consist of a plaque and free registration at the Annual AusIMM New Zealand Branch Conference, and attendance at the conference dinner for the recipient and their partner, in the year of the Award.

Lloyd Jones Award Recipients

  2015
Roger Gregg Roger Gregg has been an active member of the New Zealand Branch of The AusIMM for more than 40 years. His service includes two terms as an AusIMM Director (2005-2007 and 2008-2010). He was Chairman of the NZ Branch (2001-2003) and a Branch committee member for a large part of his total time as an AusIMM member.  Roger has been a NZ Branch conference organising committee member since the early 1990s. He organised joint conferences with the Ministry of Economic Development and was Chairman of the NZ Minerals conferences in 1997, 2000 and 2005. He has made an enormous contribution to the NZ Branch conferences, and continues to do so. Roger has secured support and sponsorship from the minerals industry for these conferences, which in turn have made a major contribution to the ongoing financial and mentoring support for NZ university students through the NZ Education Endowment Trust.
  2014
Bob Brathwaite Following an MSc degree in geology from Victoria University of Wellington, Bob took a job as a mine geologist at Rosebery in Tasmania and joined the AusIMM in 1964. After completing a PhD on the Rosebery VMS deposit at the University of Tasmania and 3 years as Chief Geologist at the Rosebery mine, he spent 10 years in exploration geology in various parts of Australia and in the Coromandel with several major mining companies. In 1979, he joined the New Zealand Geological Survey (now GNS Science), where he was a Senior Minerals Geologist for 25 years and continues as a consultant. He has attended, presented and chaired sessions at nearly every NZ Branch annual conference since 1979. He was on the NZ Branch Committee for over 25 years and was Treasurer from 1982 to 1990, Chairman from 1991 to 1993 and Treasurer again from 2003-2007.  He assisted organising NZ Branch annual conferences in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly with compiling the proceedings volume, and has run field trips at a number of conferences, most recently in 2012. He was awarded the AusIMM Presidents Prize jointly with Tony Christie in 2011 for his work for the AusIMM and in particular for co-editing AusIMM Monograph 25.
  2013
Vivienne Bull Vivienne Bull’s outstanding service to the AusIMM and the New Zealand Branch over many years has included being a member of the New Zealand Branch Committee, Chairperson between 1997 and 1999, member of the New Zealand Education Endowment Trust from its inception in the mid 1990s to the present, and member of the organising committees for many NZ Branch Annual Conferences. Vivienne has also represented New Zealand in many duties for AusIMM Services in Melbourne including AusIMM Councillor (1998-2000), AusIMM Board Member (2000-2003), Overseas Liason Officer and service on the Membership Committee.
  2012
Graeme Fulton Graeme Fulton served on the New Zealand Branch committee for several years including service as Treasurer and assisting organisation of the New Zealand Branch annual conference.  As Treasurer, he introduced new procedures and policies that have greatly assisted efficient running of the Branch’s finances.  Following resignation from his committee positions due to travel commitments, he has continued to provide advice and guidance.
  2011
Dave Stewart Dave Stewart served as Branch Chair for two years and Secretary for 15 years. He has been a member of The AusIMM for 35 years and was made a fellow of the Institute in 1983.

Student Paper Award

The purpose of the Student Paper Award is to recognise excellence in student research in a minerals, economic geology or mining industry-related field, presented as a paper to a conference of the New Zealand Branch of the AusIMM.  Further information: Student Paper Award Criteria.

The AusIMM Awards

The AusIMM presents a series of annual awards that recognise excellence and acknowledge significant contributions to the minerals industry and The AusIMM. A number of New Zealand Branch members have received AusIMM awards as listed below. Members and other interested parties are encouraged to submit nominations for each year’s awards. Nominations close on 31 October each year. Further details are available at www.ausimm.com.au

New Zealand Member AusIMM Award Recipient

  2015    
Chris Rendall
 
New Professional Award Chris was a member of the New Zealand Branch Committee from 2011-2014 and held the position of Vice Chair in 2014. He was part of the New Zealand Branch Conference Organising Committee from 2012-2014, and as Conference Chair in 2014 he oversaw a very successful conference in Hamilton. He became involved in the AusIMM through working for a consultant geologist preparing permit applications under the Crown Minerals Act. Chris represented the New Zealand Branch at the 2012 New Leaders Conference and associated mining games and at a previous AusIMM Congress, both of which provided him with insight into the aspirations of new members of the industry and the realities of the environment within which mining exists, including obtaining a social licence to operate. Chris operates across the mining industry, is active within the AusIMM, and at an early stage of his career has an important position with the New Zealand Department of Conservation. He also brings new ideas and a fresh approach to the New Zealand Branch.
Paul Angus
Best Paper Prize The successful paper for 2014 was included in the proceedings of the New Zealand Branch Conference. It was by P M V Angus, entitled ‘An update on the Sams Creek porphyry gold deposit, northwest Nelson, New Zealand’. It is worth noting that a paper by Paul and four co-authors on Sams Creek was the runner-up for this award in 2013, though this was not considered by the judging panel in its assessment of entries for the 2015 award. The judging panel also noted the increase in quality of papers over the four years of the award. It is also worth noting that the quality of papers at AusIMM conferences in general is very high.
  2014    
Kerrin Allwood
Branch Service Award Kerrin has been a member of The AusIMM for more than 20 years having joined in 1994. This award recognises Kerrin’s commitment and significant contribution to the New Zealand Branch of The AusIMM.Kerrin has been a New Zealand Branch Committee member for a number of years having served as Treasurer of the Branch for the past four years and Treasurer of the New Zealand Branch Conference organising committee.In these capacities Kerrin has carried out a very large amount of work including working with the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department and managing the finances and services of the Branch’s annual conference. With a budget in excess of $250 000, Kerrin’s involvement and contribution to the New Zealand annual conference is significant and a key element in the conference’s ongoing success.
  2012-13    
Geoff Loudon
 
President’s Award This award recognises Geoff Loudon’s eminent leadership and success in exploration and development of minerals deposits in Australasia, Asia and South America. Geoff has devoted his life to the minerals industry and has exceeded every exploration geologist’s dream by discovering at least two gold mines and a copper mine. He remains active in exploration and mining in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and South America. He is particularly noted in recent times as one of the founders and chairman of Nautilus Minerals, the first company to plan a deepwater seafloor mining operation for copper and gold black smokers. Geoff is a dedicated member of The AusIMM, having first joined in 1964.  Click here for full 2012-13 award citations.
Ellen Hiscock
 
New Professional Award This award recognises Ellen’s involvement with The AusIMM, which she has served very effectively as secretary of the AusIMM New Zealand branch and the New Zealand conference organising committee for the past three years. Both these roles require a commitment of time and energy, which Ellen has willingly given. Ellen exemplifies the qualities The AusIMM encourages in New Professionals. Click here for full 2012-13 award citations.
  2011    
Dave Stewart Branch Service Award Dave Stewart served as Branch Chair for two years and Secretary for 15 years. He has been a member of The AusIMM for 35 years and was made a fellow of the Institute in 1983.
  2010    
Tony Christie & Bob Brathwaite President’s Award Tony Christie and Bob Brathwaite were joint recipients of The AusIMM President’s Award for 2010 in recognition of notable achievement in the industry. They were joint editors and lead or contributing authors for 20 of the 47 papers in AusIMM Monograph 25 “Geology and Exploration of New Zealand’s Mineral Deposits”. Along with AusIMM Monographs 4 and 13 “Economic Geology of New Zealand”, this ranks as a milestone publication in documenting part of Australasia’s mineral occurrences. Tony and Bob continue their reporting work on New Zealand mineral deposits, regularly contributing at the New Zealand Branch Annual Conference and to articles for The AusIMM Bulletin, amongst other technical publications. While Bob has now retired, Tony continues to be active in organising the local visiting lecturer series and participating strongly in Branch activities. They are both long term AusIMM members, of over 30 years standing and have both been New Zealand Branch Chairs.
Roger Gregg Beryl Jacka Award Roger Gregg has been an active member of the New Zealand Branch of The AusIMM for more than 40 years. His service includes two terms as an AusIMM Director (2005-2007 and 2008-2010). He was Chairman of the NZ Branch (2001-2003) and a Branch committee member for a large part of his total time as an AusIMM member. Roger has been a NZ Branch conference organising committee member since the early 1990s. He organised joint conferences with the Ministry of Economic Development and was Chairman of the NZ Minerals conferences in 1997, 2000 and 2005. He has made an enormous contribution to the NZ Branch conferences, and continues to do so. Roger has secured support and sponsorship from the minerals industry for these conferences, which in turn have made a major contribution to the ongoing financial and mentoring support for NZ university students through the NZ Education Endowment Trust.
  2009    
Jenny-Rebecca Stein G B O’Malley Award Jenny Stein was the lead author of the paper “Stratigraphy and lithology of basal sediments of the eastern Southland lignite basin”, presented to the 2009 AusIMM New Zealand Branch Annual Conference. Jenny won the prize for the best paper prepared and presented at the Conference. Jenny is a student at the University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ and is a student member of the NZ Branch of The AusIMM. The judges considered her paper provided a clear report on a robust piece of research and her presentation was most professional.
  2008    
Richard Barker Branch Service Award The Branch Service Award was bestowed on Richard Barker for his key role in organising AusIMM conferences in New Zealand. Richard has been actively involved in the Branch Committee for many years as well as being involved in Branch and industry advocacy to Crown Minerals; he has served on the New Zealand Education Endowment Trust Committee since its inception in 1995.
  2006    
John Dow Sir Willis Connolly Memorial Medal In recognition as an outstanding communicator for both his chosen discipline of geoscience and on behalf of the minerals sector in Australasia, which has advanced the professionalism and standing of the sector. John is a “model” for all those in the industry, both young and old, as a realistic, professional and passionate advocate and representative.  Click here for John Dow’s acceptance speech, 8 December 2006.
  2005    
Vivienne Bull Beryl Jacka Award For ongoing extraordinary and sustained service and selfless work on behalf of The AusIMM at many levels including as a Councillor and Board Member, on the Membership Committee, New Zealand Branch and Conference Committees.
  2004    
John (Jock) Braithwaite Honorary Fellowship John (Jock) Campbell Braithwaite has demonstrated outstanding leadership in mineral exploration and development in metallic, precious and non-metallic mineral, and petroleum sectors in New Zealand. His technological contribution to alluvial gold mining is recognised internationally. Throughout his career he maintained the highest levels of ethical, personal and professional conduct.
Michael Buckenham Branch Service Award Michael (Mick) Henry Buckenham has shown outstanding leadership and promotion of The AusIMM and particularly the NZ Branch and its representation through all levels of The Institute. Throughout his career he has maintained the highest levels of ethical, personal and professional conduct. He has actively promoted recruitment and the benefits, both applied and professionally, of joining The Institute. Mick is, even in retirement, an influential, respected and renowned man and is recognised within NZ and internationally for his contribution to The AusIMM.
  2000    
Lloyd S Jones Beryl Jacka Award In recognition to his significant outstanding contribution to the New Zealand Branch of The Institute for 33 years, including being Secretary for 32 years, since foundation in 1966. During that time he dedicated much time to Institute matters. Also for his significant contribution to the minerals industry in New Zealand.
  1996    
Lloyd Samuel Jones Branch Service Award
Ian Devereux Mineral Industry Operating Technique Award
  1979    
M.M. Fischer Atlas Copco Bursary
  1975    
Gordon John Williams (Dec.) President’s Award

Honorary Fellowships

   Year Recipients
   2005 John (Jock) Braithwaite
   1993 Michael Buckenham
   1987 Lloyd Samuel Jones
   1976 Robert Colville Bradshaw
   1966 Cecil Henry (Matt) Benney (Dec.)

AusIMM Student Essay Prize (Award Discontinued 1987)

   Year Recipients
   1980 S.L. Jasper
   1975 L.M. McCracken
   1969 P.A. Tilyard
   1967 P. Wai (Corbould Prize)
   1966 D. Gain
   1965 J.H. Coggan (Corbould Prize), R.B. James
   1964 P.N.T. Unwin, C.E. James
   1961 R.J. King
   1960 A.J. Rabbidge
   1959 K. Thavapragasm
   1958 L.A. Donald, I.F. Jackson
   1957 J.K. Hill
   1956 W.J. Hogg
   1955 D.H. Harraway
   1934 W.A. Pullar