Yeah, looks like anyone in that area is screwed!
Lucky those Reserved Areas only last for a year or so... but if someone's claim is up for renewal soon?
Are they trying to push out the little guys to make way for some Big Corporate Mining operation?
Meanwhile... right at the (Claim 52804) heart of the Coromandel there is a large Exploration Permit: Permitted activities may include literature reviews, drilling, bulk sampling and mine feasibility studies.
Also an exploration permit on the Thames Mudflats.
So much for no mining, all the protests for nothing aye
There was a massive hoohar in Thames over dredging the harbour a few years back.
40% to 60% of the old timers gold was washed out with the mercury, before the Cyanide Recovery method was discovered. Someone wanted to dredge the silted harbour and process it, but there were worries about disturbing all that mercury and other nasty minerals.
Just found out Thames harbour was already dredged in the early 1900's, and the recovery rate wasn't good!
There was also some dredging done on the Waihou River (main one near Thames).