New Zealand: New Zealand government is considering conducting survey for minerals in world heritage sites on the West Coast. For this purpose, aeromagnetic surveying will be conducted in the South Island from Haast to Karamea, including large chunks of Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand world heritage area.
Aeromagnetic survey would include a plane carrying special equipment flying over the area. Information gathered is commonly used to plan for mineral exploration but can also aid geological mapping, geothermal exploration, forestry, agriculture and horticulture.
Economic Development Ministry spokeswoman Tracy Dillimore said that Te Wahipounamu would be surveyed to provide a good understanding of the geology and mineral potential of the wider area.
“New Zealand is potentially highly prospective for a wide range of minerals. The Government would like to see New Zealand maximise the benefits of safe and environmentally responsible development by reputable operators.”
The survey is part of the West Coast Geophysical Data Acquisition and Processing project and will cost USD 1.67 million.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) ranks Te Wahipounamu as one of 183 natural heritage properties worldwide considered to have outstanding universal value.