Of course we have known about it all the time.
The present mining regulations and the expense and time required to obtain a mining license have created the situation described in the article.The article seems exaggerated , I have to ask what changes are in store.
Yep, government got greedy.
They dont’ want small time miners - they want to sell it all to large Corporations.
Sadly it will increase the amount of mining, hopefully the small guys will beat the Corps to it.
Lets hope the price of gold goes back up so everyone can afford NZPAM fees again.