Websites on Mining and Exploration in New Zealand

This page lists websites that contain useful information and have links to other useful sites. The sites of those providing services to the industry are not listed here, but can be reached via links from them. While many useful sites are easily accessible through the network of links from related sites, some are difficult to find. The selection below is not intended to be exhaustive, but list the sites that users in the mining industry in New Zealand may find useful.

Professional Bodies, Societies & Industry Groups

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
The website includes weekly reviews of events that can be e-mailed to members. Institute publications can be ordered on-line, and mineral valuation (Valmin) and joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) codes can be downloaded free of charge. An employment section provides lists and details of employment opportunities in mining and members can list their curriculum vitae.

AIG Directory of Australian Geoscientists

Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences
Includes the services provided by GNS, its databases, publications (books, reports and maps) and contacts. The site contains information on volcanology, seismology (including the latest earthquake), New Zealand geology and nuclear sciences.

Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Lists publications, meetings and activities of the Institution with links to numerous overseas mining and geological organisations.

Geoscience Society of New Zealand
Information on GSNZ activities and publications. Useful links to on-line journals, society submissions on issues such as the Resource Management Act amendments, abstracts of recent PhD theses and links to the home pages of geology and earth science departments of all seven NZ universities. It also includes links to employment agencies for earth scientists.

MinEx is a national Health & Safety Council for the New Zealand minerals industry. Its main purpose is to assist the minerals industry to improve its health and safety performance, and provide centralised industry representation in matters relating to health and safety.

Royal Society of New Zealand
Called “Gateway to New Zealand Science” the home page has current (daily) news with a scientific component and links to a wide range of scientific bodies. It also includes a bookshop and a searchable database of publications.
On-line Journals Related to Earth Sciences

Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration 
Has information on the Society, its activities and publications, and details of its GEM (government, education, mining) public educational programme, career planning and links to numerous other sites.

Society of Economic Geologists

Industry group representing the New Zealand resource sector and New Zealand mining.

Government Agencies is a guide to finding and using New Zealand Government services online.

New Zealand Petroleum & MInerals, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment 
This site includes downloadable reports on minerals and petroleum, permit application forms and information on legislation and regulations. It also has a list of staff and contacts within Crown Minerals, and background information and maps on the mineral resources of New Zealand that can be downloaded free of charge.

The resource information page has Crown Minerals publication lists detailing minerals, energy and coal publications available either on the website or can be purchased from Crown Minerals. An index to coal and minerals open file reports in both dbf and Excel format can be downloaded without charge, and is regularly updated.

Worksafe New Zealand 
WorkSafe NZ is New Zealand’s workplace health and safety regulator.

Department of Conservation
Contains general information about the department including contacts for its offices throughout New Zealand, publications, policies and plans, licences and permits. Mining issues are not specifically mentioned.

Science and Innovation Group, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Has detailed information on the Government’s research and development programmes including news, the Foresight project, and a searchable database of current projects.

Ministry of Economic Development
Has links to the Crown Minerals site and policy areas within the Ministry of Economic Development.

Ministry for the Environment
Includes publication lists and reports that can be downloaded free including recent reports, discussion documents, draft legislation and the Ministry’s newsletter.

New Zealand Trade Development Board
Provides information on the New Zealand business environment, sector profiles, statistics, contacts and useful publications for overseas investors looking at New Zealand. Includes an online tour for overseas investors.

Gives free access to Treasury reports such as the budget and its related reports and updated economic statistics.

Regional & Local Government
About 20 regional and district councils have websites but most are primarily promotional, being confined mainly to general information about their area and details on services provided by the council. Access to District and Regional Council websites can be gained via the “Local Government Online” website


New Zealand Legislation
On-line access to an up-to-date database of New Zealand Acts (unconsolidated), Regulations, Bills, Hansard and more, added to daily.

Environment Court
Provides a schedule of court sitting dates and links to other sources for recent decisions. It has information on judges and commissioners, and links to the Waitangi Tribunal site, consent authorities, law firms and environmental organisations. The Department of Courts site has a page on the Environment Court with much less information.

Land Information

Land lnformation NZ
The capabilities of the recently revised LINZ site are being extended by the Landonline project that will allow all survey data to be lodged and retrieved on-line, and conveyancing to be carried out via the Internet. The site includes survey information and a searchable geographic database of 40,000 New Zealand place names that it will locate by latitude and longitude, NZ map grid references and nearby place names.

Maori Land
Developed from the Maori land Information Base Project it provides information on Maori land via interactive maps and a searchable database of individual blocks.

The Terralink site “terranet” allows searches of titles and other documents for land throughout NZ via the Internet with accounts available for corporate, private and casual users. In addition the services now cover satellite imagery and land use databases, digital topographic map production and GIS consulting services.

Company Information

Companies Office
Summary information on companies and incorporated bodies (registered office details and the names of two directors) is available free. Further details can be obtained for a small fee.

New Zealand Stock Exchange
This site lists current prices for all companies listed on the NZ stock exchange, information on the exchange, and its members.

Australian Stock Exchange
Has stock prices of all companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, plus extensive information on finance, share trading, and on-line purchasing of publications, employment opportunities and company news.

Educational Resources

More than 500 primary and secondary schools in New Zealand maintain websites – up from 125 two years ago. These are listed in a searchable database in the Schools on line site.

University of Idaho
Mining educational website has links to 86 mining schools throughout the world and includes six Australian Universities.

General information – mining and minerals

Minerals Council of Australia
Has fact sheets on 14 mineral commodities (Including coal) and 10 metals with information on the origin of deposits, production and uses as well as information for use in primary schools. It has information on issues affecting the Australian mining industry including native title, environment, access to land plus a wide range of publications for downloading. Links include a wide range of industry associations and all of the State Government departments that a dminister mining.

British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines
Numerous ministries of mines and geological surveys have useful and informative sites and this is an outstanding example with information for the public, technical data, mining statistics and searchable databases of mineral occurrences and mineral tenements.

US Geological Survey
Includes information on a wide range of biological and geological topics, recent events (eg the earthquake in Turkey) and an index of publications, posters and educational material that can be purchased. It also includes search facilities and an extensive section of links to mainly US based sites related to earth science, biological science and the environment.

BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines
The Chamber of Mines site is another of the best sites with essays on general topics related to exploration, mining and the environment, and a good selection of links in a format that is easy to use.

Mining Journal
Has links to the sites for about 250 journals on geology and related fields.

Mining industry – general

Australian Mining and Exploration Companies
This site provides access to a large amount of information on companies, commodities, financial data and employment opportunities in the mining industry in Australia and PNG, mainly through links with other sites.

Industrial Minerals

Metal prices for primary and scrap

Canada based worldwide mining database. Most of the information is available free with some for subscribers only.

International Mining Investment Intelligence
Excellent source of news and analysis on the mining industry in general with focus on South Africa

Resources industry e-marketplace

Physical properties of minerals

World Mining Directory
The directory in the Chamber of Mines of South Africa site is very comprehensive, listing connections to mining and related websites of companies, government agencies, educational institutions and organisations throughout the world.

Compiled by Richard Barker with additions by Tony Christie and John St George.

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