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Government's Mining Proposal

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The Government is proposing to open up more than 7000 hectares of conservation land for mining on Coromandel, Paparoa and Stewart Island. Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee said mining is an "emotive issue" but said he hoped a debate could now take place and the Government could not ignore the $194 billion worth of minerals on Conservation land.

Bryan Gundersen is a Partner at Kensington Swan and leader of the firm's Energy and Resources, and Climate Change workgroups. He is available to provide comment on the Government's announcement, including

o The background to the Government's proposal;

o Whether it will tarnish New Zealand's "clean and green" brand;

o The "robustness" of the Resource Management Act in protecting against environmental impacts;

o The next steps in this process.

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