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Published: 2003-10-01 00:00:00

Environment Waikato and Matamata-Piako District Council have welcomed the Government’s commitment to clean up the Tui Mine near Te Aroha.

The Ministry for the Environment recently announced that over the next three years it would fund $9 million towards the clean up of contaminated sites nationwide.

The Ministry indicated that the abandoned Tui mine site near Te Aroha was one of two top priority sites for the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund.

According to Environment Waikato special projects manager Dennis Crequer, the cost of cleaning up and remediating the abandoned mine and tailings dam was initially estimated at over $5 million.

While confirming its support in principle for the clean-up of the Tui mine site, the Ministry for the Environment has recently asked that the project be placed on hold while another option for cleaning up the tailings dam was considered. The costings for the potential new option were yet to be done.

Matamata-Piako District Council Mayor, Hugh Vercoe said there were a number of issues that needed to be considered before a method would be adopted to clean up the mine.

These issues included undertaking public consultation, obtaining consents and improving access to the site.