16 Jan 2010

All NZ should have say on gold mine - Greens

7:51 am on 16 January 2010

The Green Party says all New Zealand should have a say on a proposed gold mine on the West Coast.

The Westco Lagan timber company wants to diversify its operations.

But residents of Ruatapu, just south of Hokitika, are against a gold mine there. They say the ground could be contaminated from old milling operations in the area.

Green MP Kevin Hague says the issue needs to be viewed at a national level if the ground is contaminated.

He says the company wants to mine for gold just 15 metres from some houses.