Just a heads up for those looking to lodge new mining permits, please do your homework to ensure you are not paying $5,700 for a claim you cannot use legally or not get resource consent for.
You dont need to talk to others and disclose your new spot, but please do read up on key aspects.
- Access - who owns the land? Is it on Department of Conservation land as this can be problematic (also additional access fees and a bond). If it is on private land, you should go and have a face to face chat with those you want access over.
The walking public access map (https://maps.walkingaccess.govt.nz) will show you who owns the land. In the last couple of months I have learnt of two miners who have had trouble with DoC land and lost money.
- Is it protected by an Iwi restriction, i,e a taiāpure or mataitai? If it is, local runanga are quite likely to say no to giving their approval. This will either mean a notified resource consent or a declined mining permit application and loss of your cash.
I have recently heard of a miner being caught out with this, so google your river + ‘taiapure mataitai iwi restriction’
- In Otago - does it need consent from the Council?
Google “Schedule 7 maps ORC RWP” to find out. If your spot needs consent there may be issues i.e galaxiids that Council or DoC may work you hard on. Consents can be hard to get, be expensive and definately bloody frustrating.
Finally, do you have a conflict with mining and your current paid employer? Ive heard more than once where hobby miners have been told their hobby is a conflict with thier companies interests in conservation, environment or regulation.
Hope this helps someone.