Jackie Adams was on Seven Sharp tonight…
Though I feel he’s filling a good and much needed role tracking down illegal gold miners dredging and mining on a larger scale, the interview with him seems to suggest he’s also charged with targeting small time gold fossickers having a scratch around for a “few grams” that “all adds up when you get 1,000 people”. This is a real shame and is only illegal as NZP&M hasn’t made any legislative provision for the hobbiest who has minimal impact scratching around for a bit of colour.
It’s common knowledge that NZP&M has priced out the simple weekend hobbiest from obtaining a claim and removed the basic mining licence that was available for this purpose in years gone past (as best I understand it, as it was available before my time here).
Yes, there are public fossicking areas, but I think provision needs to be be made for hobbiests that would like to scratch around in unclaimed areas with simple tools like pans, sluice boxes and metal detectors.
The next question… how do we go about affecting this change in legislation. What’s the process to get things rolling?