Major project to map thousands of disused mines in NZ
It's estimated there are around 5 thousand disused historic excavations and mines around New Zealand - but we only have records for half of them. WorkSafe New Zealand and New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals have established a joint project to track down all the current and historical mine plans in New Zealand. The aim is get better agency oversight of mine plans, to support government agencies, local government and mine operators to help make the industry safer, and reduce the risk of injury or loss of life. Mineral Industry consultant John Taylor is an expert on historic mines and has been charged with finding as many old mine plans as possible.