Current mining on Section 4 land

David Garrett asked the following written question:

Is any or mining related activity currently taking place in areas listed in Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act, if so, where, when were the permits granted, and what is the nature of the activity?

And the answer is:

Mining activity of a modest nature is currently taking place in three areas listed in Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act. The details of the permits are as follows:

Mining Permit 41870:  Granted to Peter Fielding on 17 March 2005 to undertake small scale alluvial gold and gemstone mining in the Hart Creek catchment within the Paparoa National Park.Special Purpose

Mining Permit 42024: Granted to the Broken Hills Gold Company Limited on 2 August 2000 to undertake underground mining for gold, silver, quartz and clay by traditional mining methods at Broken Hills within the Coromandel Forest Park.Waiho River Gold Fossicking Area:

Gazetted by the Crown on 19 September 1996, under section 98 of the Crown Minerals Act 1991, to allow for public recreational gold mining (using hand held non motorised equipment) without the need for a permit in the Waiho River within the Westland Tai Poutini National Park.  Gold fossicking areas are administered by the Department of Conservation.

So Labour granted two permits for mining on Section 4 land.  So mining is now okay on Section 4 land, so long as it is small scale? Is that what Phil Goff told the marchers?

And when Labour says they will cancel all mining permits for Section 4 land, does that include the permits they granted?

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