Coalition split on mining ban

By Gavin Evans | Tue, 11 Feb 2020


The government’s proposed ban on new mining on conservation land looks dead in the water with little prospect the policy’s long-delayed discussion document will be issued before the election.The discussion paper was originally scheduled for September 2018. It was still expected “in the coming months” when the government’s revised resource strategy was published in November.But Labour Agriculture Minister and West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor told the Greymouth Star that the complexity of the issues involved meant the ban was unlikely to be a...