Mining has been part of New Zealand's history since the 1800s producing gold, coal, aggregates, industrial minerals, limestone, and iron sands. However, mining can have significant impacts on the environment and must be managed in a way to minimise those impacts and ensure long term environmental sustainability.
As well as a resource consent from the Regional Council, miners may also require a Mining Permit from Crown Minerals (MBIE) and concessions and access arrangements from the Department of Conservation. People wishing to undertake mining activities should also contact these agencies.
Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment: https://www.nzpam.govt.nz/permits/minerals/
Department of Conservation: https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/apply-for-per...
The Regional Council now processes applications for land use consents to mine in the Westland District.
Mining consent holders have a number of conditions they need to comply with including paying performance bonds and submitting work programmes. Template forms for cash bonds, surety bonds and mining work programmes are available here.