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The aims of the clean up

Tui mine site image
Environment Waikato iwi liaison officer Erin Wilson
discusses the remediation project with Te Ao Marama
Maaka on a recent visit to the Tui Mine site. Te Ao Marama
Maaka, of Ngati Haua, is one of the members of Te
Manawhenua Forum, a Matamata-Piako District Council
committee made up of representatives of local iwi and the
council. Iwi represented on the committee include Ngati
Haua, Ngati Tumutumu, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Maru, Ngati
Tamatera, Ngati Whanaunga, Ngati Paoa.

The aims of the clean up

  • Reduce the release of contaminants from the old mine to improve the quality of water flowing into the Tui and Tunakohoia.

  • Contain the tailings within a stable and secure location and improve the geotechnical stability of the tailings dam to prevent the potentially catastrophic failure of the existing embankment.

  • Improve the safety, visual appearance and aesthetics of the site.

As is expected with any construction site, there will be some short term adverse environmental effects but these will be carefully managed. The long term environmental benefits will significantly outweigh the short term effects.

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