Mining on conservation land – “totally betrayed by Government’

The Greens in Government have probably disappointed many on the left more than anyone, but have been in a weak position to ensure things change.

Here the Government Of which the Greens are a part of) cop some flak from ex-MP Catherine Delahunty, with a defensive diversion from Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.

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  1. John J Harrison

     /  8th August 2020

    Boo hoo.
    So a couple of frogs may, or maybe not affected but 100’s of jobs directly and indirectly involved will be lost if the toxic Green ramble have their way.
    Zimbabwe here we come !

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  2. David

     /  8th August 2020

    Half the country is conservation estate they need to change the name of vast swathes to economic development areas or some such thing that wont be noticed by the Greens.

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  3. Duker

     /  8th August 2020

    So Sage correctly calls out Delahuntly on her falsehood “mining permit issued on DOC land” and its called defensive ?
    Frogs arent affected when its deep underground …. same thing as Pike River the National Park only covered the mountains above the mine which was accessed by tunnel outside the park. But gold mining isnt releasing dangerous gases like coal mining does so no real risk of underground explosion.

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  8th August 2020

    Environmentalists are the greatest human mass killers of wildlife in the country until it suits them.

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  5. Brian Johnston

     /  8th August 2020

    I understand the mining company involved does not pay a royalty on the Waihi gold. Though they may on their South Island mine.
    Besides why is a Canadian based company helping themselves to our gold.
    Why doesn’t Ardern mine the gold and pay off her Covid debt.
    Something not right.
    Communism, socialism and capitalism – left wing – all on the same side. The capitalist wants to own everything and wants socialism to control everything (and everyone) and hence the desire to strive for a New World Order. Power & control.
    The only way out is via the Right Wing. Good old fashioned free enterprise, tradition, export the surplus and of course a belief in the Nation State which represents decentralised government.
    NZ urgently needs a new political party. One is on the way.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  8th August 2020

      They pay $1.3m annually in royalties:
      https://www.waihigold.co.nz/community/royalties-and-tax/

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      • Why can’t NZ do the mining and sell the gold ? We’d get more that $1.3m, I’m sure.

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        • Blazer

           /  8th August 2020

          Same reason NZ can’t own the banks and keep all the billions of profits.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  8th August 2020

          You can’t be sure because setting up and running a business has a myriad of issues to resolve efficiently and failure is always lurking.

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        • David

           /  8th August 2020

          There is no damn way in the world I want my tax dollars given to someone to go hunting for minerals. The hit rate is terrible and imagine what it would be like if you had to get the nod from wellington.
          Just design a clever royalty structure with easier access and compliance and a higher royalty.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  8th August 2020

            The royalty tax is just an additional tax on profit probably taking that up to about 35% judging by the company tax paid. Is that too little given the fluctuations in the value of gold and other risks of the business?

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