So much for not against all mining

Russel Norman said:

 Mr Norman said that though the party would not support any new coal mines it did not oppose any new mines for other minerals.

The BOP Times reports:

 Green Party members worried about gold in Te Puke are to meet locals to discuss what they see as potential risks to the community.

Not against all mining – yeah right!

Note that the are meeting locals. So is a bunch of people who do not live in Te Puke heading down there to interfere.

Diamond drilling and exploration for gold and silver was already under way at Muir’s Reef mine on No.4 Rd, 15 minutes drive from Te Puke township. …

Glass Earth is the company involved in the operations in No.4 Rd. Chief operating officer Simon Henderson said the area involved was farmland and nobody would be displaced by and no areas of significant natural value would be destroyed.

Mr Henderson said the company had no plans to expand to a large gold operation but had received “encouraging results”, allowing for mining to continue until at least the end of year.

The only community feedback on the set up of a potential goldmine had been positive, despite concerns raised by the Green Party, he said.

“Te Puke is struggling with the devastating effects of Psa which has left a large hole economically and socially with many people leaving the area.

“Gold is a golden opportunity for Te Puke to have a new of development which does not rely on kiwifruit and will inject and money into the local economy,” Mr Henderson said.

I suspect not many people who actually live in Te Puke will want to say no to jobs and income.

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