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Cook Islands seabed mining – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on August 14th, 2015.

The Cook Islands seabed authority has opened up 120,000 square kilometres of seabed for exploratory surveying of minerals. Over the the next three months the island nation will be receiving tenders from interested parties seeking to undertake exploratory surveying in their Exclusive Economic Zone. Cook Islands Finance Minister Mark Brown, speaking to Radio New Zealand’s […]

Dom Post: Scientists seek new life in mine zone

Peter Griffin posted in on May 5th, 2010.

As mining companies eye the Kermadec Arc for their underwater mineral deposits, NIWA scientists will next week travel to the area to learn more about its  flora and fauna. Relatively little is known about the area’s biology, but it is known to have rich deposits of sulphur, iron, manganese and copper (amongst other minerals). An […]

Briefing: Dietary supplements – the good, the bad and the ineffectual

Peter Griffin posted in on November 20th, 2009.

Dietary supplements are an increasingly common part of our lives, but should they be? A sophisticated, multibillion dollar industry exists in supplying dietary supplements. It is not unusual for people to take vitamin and mineral supplements every day, while some rely on caffeine drinks for a daily energy boost and nutrition bars that promise more […]

Prospect of mining conservation land stirs controversy

Dacia Herbulock posted in on August 31st, 2009.

An announcement by Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee last week (at a conference of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) in Queenstown) has raised the possibility that Department of Conservation land may be opened to mineral prospecting. The value of untapped minerals in New Zealand has been estimated at around $140 billion, […]

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