5 Jun 2010

Coal prospecting application welcomed by Tainui

8:56 am on 5 June 2010

Waikato Tainui is welcoming an application by one of New Zealand's largest mining companies to prospect for coal in the Huntly area.

L & M Energy wants to evaluate an area covering 2000 sq km north and south of the township, which it believes could contain more than 2 billion tonnes of coal.

Tainui executive chair Tukoroirangi Morgan says coalmining has been a primary source of employment for Maori in the region since the time of his grandfather.

He told Waatea News the licence provides some continuity and confidence in long-term employment opportunities for the district.

Mr Morgan says he looks forward to building a strong relationship with the company.