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OceanaGold (NZ) - Project Martha mine development

About the proposal

OceanaGold (NZ) has lodged resource consent applications with Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council for further mine development in Waihi. The applications, which will be processed jointly by the two councils, cover the proposed Martha Project announced by the company in March this year.

Hauraki District Council applications

The resource consent applications to the Hauraki District Council are to authorise all land use activities associated with construction, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the proposed Project Martha and for a subdivision consent of Company land to accommodate the re-alignment of Bulltown/ Cambridge Roads.

The project includes work to stabilise the north wall of the open Martha Pit and to re-instate the pit haul road to allow access to the bottom of the pit for mining. New underground mining is proposed beneath the pit and also within the Rex vein which is situated under a reserve/residential area from the rugby clubrooms to the Mueller and Kenny Street intersection.

Waikato Regional Council applications

The resource consent applications to the Waikato Regional Council are to authorise specific aspects of land use (removal of vegetation, earthworks to construct noise bunds, backfilling land in the Martha Underground Mine) and to permit the taking, diversion and discharge of ground and surface water associated with construction, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the proposed Project Martha.

Public notification and submissions

The applications were publicly notified on Thursday 16 August 2018 and submission have now closed.


There will be a Hearings Panel of three (3) independent Commissioners considering and deciding on the resource consent applications made to both the Hauraki District and Waikato Regional Councils. The Hauraki District Council is the lead agency for this application process.

The Hearing is scheduled to be held in the St James Church Hall at 76 Moresby Avenue, Waihi commencing on Monday 12 November 2018 at 10.00am. and will continue on consecutive working days through to Friday 23 November 2018, as and if required to complete the hearing. Start times on subsequent days will be set by the Committee at the end of the previous day.

Please click on the link below for further information on the hearing process: link) 

>> Click here to see the public notice. [PDF, 319 KB] 

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