Information is included below on events held by the New Zealand Branch, as follows:

Visiting Lecturer Programme

In 2009, the New Zealand Branch established a Visiting Lecturer Programme to fund visits by prominent scientists from the northern hemisphere and Australia to provide short courses and lectures at various locations around New Zealand.

Previous Visiting Lecturers:

Year Lecturer Download
2015 John L Lufkin, Golden, ColoradoAssociate Professor Steven Micklethwaite, School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia Ore Microscopy Short Course Detailshere
2014 Ross Large, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, AustraliaDavid Cooke, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia ProgrammeProgramme
2013 Heidi Pass, Senior Geochemist, REFLEX Geochemistry, Perth and Andrew Cantwell & Peter Joynt of Leapfrog Geo (ARANZ Geo Ltd) Programme
July/August 2012 Bruce Craven, Southern Geoscience Consultants (SGC), Perth, Western Australia Programme
April/May 2012 Jeremy Richards, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Programme
2011 Bob Seal, United States Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, USA Programme

Annual New Zealand Branch Conference

Since 1976 the New Zealand Branch has held an annual conference to promote the New Zealand minerals industry and The AusIMM, and help meet the challenge of engaging Branch members spread throughout the country. The conference covers all aspects of exploration, mining and New Zealand’s mineral resources and is attended by delegates from all sectors of the minerals industry.  Conference location generally alternates between the North and South Island each year.

2018 Annual NZ Branch Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 AusIMM NZ Branch Annual Conference will be held at Trinity Wharf, Tauranga, 17th to 18th September 2018, with pre conference field trips and an epithermal gold exploration forum.

Conference Programme

In 2018 we will be offering a two-day technical programme. The conference will encompass exploration, research, project assessment, mine development, metallurgy, rehabilitation, social licence to operate and mine closure.

The conference programme for 2018 includes:

Field trips:
• Friday 14th September – Afternoon – Broken Hills underground epithermal gold mine
• Saturday 15th September – Full day- Karangahake Gorge and Waihi epithermal gold
• Sunday 16th September – Full day – Waikato coal – Maramarua and Rotowaro open pit coal mines

Technical Programme
• Sunday 16th September – Epithermal Gold Forum at Trinity Wharf, Tauranga
• Monday 17th September – Conference Day 1 at Trinity Wharf, Tauranga
• Tuesday 18th September – Conference Day 2 at Trinity Wharf, Tauranga

Social Functions
• Sunday 16th September – Opening Cocktail Function at Trinity Wharf, Tauranga
• Monday 17th September – Conference Dinner at Trinity Wharf, Tauranga

The 2018 conference will include AusIMM’s 125th anniversary celebrations. Social events will include an opening networking function (Sunday evening) and a conference dinner (Monday). Trade exhibitions will run throughout the conference.

Oral and poster presentations will be sought to cover most topics related to minerals and coal research, exploration and development of mineral resources and in particular, feature:

• Epithermal gold;
• Aggregates for infrastructure and construction;
• Coal developments;
• West Coast mineral sands;
• New developments and mineral commodities

Call for Papers

The call for papers will open in March/April 2018. We will keep you informed of future dates.

Click here to see the conference website for further information.

2017 Annual NZ Branch Conference

The 2017 AusIMM NZ Branch Conference was held at Rydges Latimer in Christchurch in September 2017.  See the website.



Previous New Zealand Branch Conferences

  Year Location Format Download
  2016 Wellington Conference & AGM
  2015 Dunedin Conference & AGM
  2014 Hamilton Conference & AGM
  2013 Nelson Conference & AGM Brochure
  2012 Rotorua Conference & AGM Brochure
  2011 Queenstown Conference followed the Eighth International Mining Geology Conference
  2010 Auckland Conference in conjunction with GeoNZ Conference
  2009 Queenstown Conference & AGM Brochure
  2008 Wellington Conference & AGM Conference Report
  2007 Christchurch Conference & AGM Brochure
  2006 Waihi Conference & AGM
  2005 Auckland Conference & AGM
  2004 Nelson Conference & AGM
  2003 Greymouth Conference & AGM
  2002 Auckland Conference & AGM
  2001 Dunedin Conference & AGM
  2000 Auckland
Conference in conjunction with the NZ Minerals & Mining Conference
  1999 Waitangi Conference & AGM
  1998 Christchurch Conference & AGM
  1997 Auckland Conference in conjunction with the NZ Minerals & Mining Conference
  1996 Greymouth Conference & AGM
  1995 Auckland Conference in conjunction with PACRIM 95
  1994 Wairakei Conference & AGM
  1993 Wellington Conference & AGM
  1992 Dunedin Conference & AGM
  1991 Waihi Conference & AGM
  1990 Rotorua
Annual Meeting of Institute
  1989 Greymouth Conference & AGM
  1988 Wellington Conference & AGM
  1987 Nelson Conference & AGM
  1986 Rotorua Conference & AGM
  1985 Christchurch Conference & AGM
  1984 Auckland Conference & AGM
  1983 Invercargill Conference & AGM
  1982 Wellington Conference & AGM
  1981 Thames Conference & AGM
  1980 Queenstown
Annual Meeting of Institute
AGM & Small Mines Symposium
  1979 Greymouth Conference & AGM
  1978 Whangarei Conference & AGM
  1977 Conference & AGM
  1976 Conference & AGM
  1975 Dunedin AGM
  1974 AGM & Special Meeting
  1973 Auckland AGM
  1972 Dunedin AGM
  1971 Auckland Annual Meeting of Institute & AGM
  1970 Wellington AGM
  1969 Wellington AGM
  1968 Auckland AGM
  1967 Dunedin AGM
  1966 Wellington Inaugural New Zealand Branch Meeting

Conference Proceedings

Proceedings were produced for the NZ Branch meetings and conferences held in 1971 and from 1976 to the present. It is the ambition of The AusIMM New Zealand Branch to make papers from all past annual conferences available to download (free of charge). Currently the papers from three volumes are included below.  Conference papers from 1971 onwards can be found online at the main AusIMM website by clicking here and searching for New Zealand Branch Conference.

1978 New Zealand Branch Annual Conference – Industrial Minerals – Their Mining and Use in New Zealand

  Paper Title Author
  Minerals for Agriculture J Rogers
  Industrial Minerals in NZ: Requirements for and Constraints to Growth A G Fricker
  Some Aspects of the Manufacture of Portland Cement D Gallop
  Quarry Operations R Baldwin
  The Role of the Quarrying Industry in New Zealand J M Sammons
  Geology in Quarrying J R Carlson
  Marketing Industrial Minerals D R Martin
  Regional Planning for the Extraction of Mineral Resources M Ward & I Grant
  The Assessment of Alumino-Sillicate Refractories Raw Material in Indonesia: An Exercise in Mineral Resource Planning J A Longley, J P O’Brien, J H Baker & P G Beadle
  Report on the Extraction and Industrial Uses of Halloysite S Marsters
  Raw Material Requirements for Sheet Glass Manufacture S L Westgate

1977 New Zealand Branch Annual Conference

  Paper Title Author
  Non-Mining Costs Associated with a Mine Development P J Exell
  The Use of Satellite (Landsat) Imagery in Mineral Exploration F Pirajno
  Stratigraphy and Mineralisation of the Upper Paleozoic Rocks, East Nelson M R Johnston
  Geology of the Southern Part of the Riwaka Complex and Comments on Techniques Used During Exploration for Copper and Nickel There T E Bates
  Geotectonic History and Gold Mineralisation of Conglomeratic Beds in the Ida Valley, Central Otago F Pirjno
  Mineral Exploration in Fiordland 1970 – 1972 with Emphasis on Syngenetic Mineralisation Located to Date P M Hancock
  Alluvial Gold: Prospecting and Evaluation A G Fricker
  New Zealand’s Mining and Mineral Exploration in Perspective D D Kelly
  A Ministry of Energy: An Opportunity to Comment by the Mineral Industry I J Grant & M A Ward
  Mineral Processing Changes in New Zealand Steel N A MacArthur & D E Thorp

1976 New Zealand Branch Annual Conference – Developments in the Minerals Industry

  Paper Title Author
  The Base Metal Mineral Potential of New Zealand as Related to Tectonism and Metamorphism F Pirajno
  Developments in the Use of Waikato Refractory Clays P K Huemmer
  The Geologic Controls and Extent and Thickness of Coal Seams in the South Auckland Land District P R King
  The Role of Geotechnical Investigations in Increasing Coal Recovery Rates I M Parton
  Planning of Open Cut Mining P W Taylor
  Mineral Resources in Town and Country Planning N B Lewthwaite & A L Withy
  Difficulties in Developing Mineral Ventures R C Bradshaw & P M Outhwaite
  Forum: The Role of Government Departments in the Minerals Industry P H C Lucas