Balancing the Ethics of Mining New Zealand

New Zealand maintains an extensive, government-supported mining industry. But as controversy builds around a recent gold discovery on tribal land, the sector’s ethics have come under scrutiny. How can New Zealand move forward and expand mining businesses while respecting its magnificent lands?

Mining New Zealand
Instead of relying on fossil fuels, New Zealand has an impressive renewables sector with 80.2% of its energy provided in 2015 coming from renewable sources, such as geothermal and wind power.


“A similar sentiment was felt following the recent approval for deep-sea iron sands mining by the New Zealand Government. This is the first approval of its kind and will see 50 million tonnes (Mt) of ore extracted per year from the South Taranaki Bight, offshore Patea, over the next 35 years. The application submitted by Trans Tasman Resources was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency despite acknowledgement that the work will kill 100% of marine life at the site, indicating that the economic benefits outweighed local concern.”

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