Monday, March 18, 2013

Waihi Gold Mine – Martha Mine

On the way from Auckland to Bay of Plenty via State Highway 2, you will pass Waihi. Almost in the town centre, there is an open cast gold mine called Martha Mine which is part of the operations of Newmont Waihi Gold.

This (modern) Martha Mine has been producing silver and gold for years and years since the late 1980’s.  Many mines in New Zealand exist alongside controversies. This one is no exception. When they are not their livelihood, people may go against them and vice versa.

By the way, I do not have much knowledge about this mine so I will not go into pros and cons or rights and wrongs.

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