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New Zealand Branch - Events Update

New Zealand Branch
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Hi all,

On 19–20 April 2021, the in-person component of the 2020 Minerals Forum was held on the West Coast. This event represents the end of the AusIMM NZ Branch and Straterra/Freeman’s formal association, and we need to decide what our future events calendar looks like. We would welcome submissions and comments on this before Wednesday 5 May to: ausimmnz@gmail.com

The committee’s view is that in the COVID-world and for the foreseeable future, we would rather run a series of shorter, lower-cost events, rather than commit to a full branch conference. To this end, the following events are either being organised or proposed:

Simon Nathan (May 2021) is going to give a series of illustrated talks to our branch membership at six locations about two photographers who have recorded mining and geology around New Zealand: Joseph Divis (Waiuta and Waihi) and Lloyd Homer (aerial photography). Hopefully, you have received a general email advertising for this event recently.

Bruce Harvey (June-July 2021) has significant experience in the field of social value and social governance. He is a New Zealand born geologist who has worked internationally for most of his career, and he lectures at Otago University’s MBA course. Bruce was lined up to give a visiting lecture series through New Zealand in early 2020 before COVID put an end to that. The branch committee is excited that Bruce is willing to deliver this lecture series in 2021. Dates and venues are still being worked on.

Building on previous success of one-day events, a forum dedicated to Green Minerals is proposed for September 2021. The venue is likely to be Taupo and will incorporate the New Zealand Branch’s AGM and a one-day field trip to some local geological locations.

The Geoscience Society of New Zealand Annual Conference is to be held in Palmerston North from 30 November – 2 December 2021. As with last year, the Branch will chair a minerals session and there is potential for a one-day workshop after the conference on remote sensing and geology. We will also use the opportunity to further student engagement on minerals industry careers.

Finally, the Branch is exploring opportunities for alignment with the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) conference in Rotorua in March 2022: https://confer.eventsair.com/sga2022/. This may include running a technical stream(s) alongside the international conference programme.

I look forward to hearing from you as we develop this programme further.

Kind regards,

Michael Gazley, MAusIMM

AusIMM New Zealand Branch Chair

027 4381555 | m.gazley@rscmme.com

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