Mining

Expert legal advice for New Zealand's mining industry

We act for both New Zealand and international companies operating in New Zealand’s mining and minerals sector.

Our experience includes obtaining relevant permits and licences, negotiating access arrangements with the Department of Conservation for sites with high ecological and other environmental values, advising on Crown Minerals compliance issues, farm-ins and joint ventures, as well as advising on all associated resource management, employment, health and safety, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution and tax issues.

We have obtained district and regional resource consents and permits to undertake activities during exploration and mining phases, and the re-consenting and expansion of existing activities.

We have also assisted mining and minerals sector clients with a range of M&A and capital raising activities aimed at expanding or consolidating their various business interests and activities.

We have advised:

  • Newcrest Mining on its farm-in arrangements with Laneway Resources in relation to gold mining tenements in the Waihi mining area
  • Holcim (New Zealand) on the sale of its Taylors Lime business and its stake in its McDonalds Lime business to Canada-based Graymont Inc for an undisclosed sum
  • Bathurst Resources and its New Zealand subsidiary Buller Coal on its successful resource consent application for the Escarpment coal mine (estimated 4.6m tonne coal reserve) on the Denniston Plateau on the West Coast of the South Island
  • BlueScope Steel, Australia’s largest steelmaker, on its $120m acquisition of Fletcher Building’s Pacific Steel Group assets
  • New Talisman Gold Mines on a number of rights issues on the NZX and ASX markets to raise new capital Buller Coal in successfully obtaining a declaration from New Zealand's Environment Court that climate change impacts from burning coal are outside the ambit of New Zealand's Resource Management Act consenting process
  • Holcim (New Zealand) in relation to its consultancy, supply and construction contracts for its cement import facilities
  • Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration in a High Court proceeding brought by Iron Ore New Zealand relating to an agreement governing prospecting and exploration activities on jointly held permits
  • New Zealand Steel in successfully obtaining all necessary resource consents and coastal permits for an extension to the Taharoa ironsand slurry pipeline, enabling New Zealand Steel to bring in its bulk carrier vessel for the loading of ironsand concentrate for export
  • Bathurst Resources on its acquisition of the Eastern Resources Group for AU$35m (including the Takitimu coal mine and the Cascade mine)
  • L&M Group on various matters relating to its mining operations including opposing an application by Solid Energy which would impact on L&M Group’s operations
  • HWE Mining Pty (subsidiary of Australian Company Leighton Contractors Pty) in successfully resolving a complex dispute against New Zealand State-Owned Enterprise Solid Energy relating to the historical operation of one of New Zealand’s largest open-cast coal mines
  • Valley Longwall International Pty, a supplier of specialised equipment services to the mining industry, and associated companies in inquests and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Pike River coal mine tragedy
  • the Mines Rescue Service at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Pike River coal mine tragedy
  • MacDougall Mining on the successful negotiation of coal supply contracts with various purchasers, joint mining contracts with Solid Energy and a range of other work involving coal field developments of Crown and private coal
  • a range of Chinese and Indian investors in relation to proposed acquisitions of coal mining and ironsands mining interests in New Zealand, and
  • a range of mining and minerals industry participants on health and safety matters, including health and safety investigations and prosecutions in the wake of workplace accidents and their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
Corporate & commercial; Environment, planning & resource management; Health & safety; Litigation & dispute resolution; Regulatory law

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