The Waihi Gold Update is a monthly newsletter designed to inform the public about our operation.
Update 20 June 2019
In this edition we talk about Social Impact Management Plan and a huge thanks for Mines Rescue Team 2019 Sky Tower Stair Challenge.
Update 9 May 2019
In this edition we talk about Tailings Storage, what has happened, what does this mean and why was the Waihi Community not consulted earlier.
Update 18 April 2019
In this edition we talk about Cross of Crosses, a walk through History, field of poppies and ANZAC Day
Update 21 March 2019
In this edition we talk about The Sky Tower Challenge, Back to the Grind, A different kind of long drop, Miners Reunion, Beach Hop and Project Martha.
Update 28 February 2019
In this edition we talk about Project Martha, Site Tours for Rex & North wall residents, Martha Portal and the Education Centre.
Update January 2019
In this edition we talk about donations and sponsorships from 2018
Update 20 December 2018
In this edition we look at highlights from 2018.
Update 22 November 2018
In this edition we talk about Kauri Die Back, Exploration Drilling, Older Person’s Day, Waihi Volunteers Expo and Waihi Armistice.
Update 6 September 2018
In this edition we talk about making submissions on Project Martha, phone survey, Exploration, Archey’s Frog and the Pit Rim Walkway.
Update 26 July 2018
In this edition we talk about Project Martha, Social Impact management Plan (SIMP), A Budding Geologist and Amenity Effect Programme.
Update 28 June 2018
In this edition we talk about Project Martha, Blessing of new machinery, Toi Ohomai Polytech students visit site and A Woolly Waka.
Update 24 May 2018
In this edition we talk about fireworks display and the first gold pour.
Update 26 April 2018
In this edition we talk about Project Martha Update, ECHO Walking Festival, Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge and Have a Heart.
Update 29 March 2018
In this edition we talk about Project Martha
Update March 2018
In this edition we talk about Exploration Drilling, Camp Life & Kauri Dieback
Update February 2018
In this edition we talk about 0800 WAIHIGOLD, sponsorships & donations and AEP.
Update January 2018
In this edition we talk about donations & sponsorships.
Update 14 December 2017
In this edition we talk about how we contribute to the economy of New Zealand, Christmas underground and Recycling.
Update 19 October 2017
In this edition “There’s Real Buzz in Waihi” “Just a few questions” IT Master Class and Khaki Miners in Waihi
Update 21 September 2017
In this edition we talk about Exploration Drilling and Kauri Dieback
Update 17 August 2017
In this edition we talk about Martha North Wall, Mines Rescue and Social Impact Management Plan.
Update July 2017
In this edition we talk about reporting on site, computer Help for ‘non digital natives’ and remembering those we have lost.
Update 15 June 2017
In this edition we talk about drones.
Update 18 May 2017
In this edition we announce our application for consent to construct two exploration drill drives from Correnso to Martha, explain why we are using the conveyor during May and why the vent shaft is steaming; and also report on activities on the Martha north wall.
Update 13 April 2017
This edition: Telling The Story of Waihi’s Gold, Waihi Arts Centre and Museum, Gold Discovery centre and OceanaGold Education Centre.
Update 6 March 2017
This edition is a reissue of material from last year when we explained how we deal with heavy rain events on site
Update 16 February 2017
In this edition we explain the AEP.
Update 12 January 2017
In this edition we feature our donations, sponsorships, and partnerships from 2016.
Update 8 December 2016
In this edition we feature blast vibration workshop, office hours over the holiday period.
Update 10 November 2016
In this issue we background two of the techniques used which help us ‘see’ what is below the ground. We also advise of the first SUPA Community meeting and the next blast vibration workshop.
Update 6 October 2016
In this edition we talk about Wet enough for you, Tailings Impoundment, Silt ponds, Underground, Collection ponds, Martha Open Pit, Process plant and SIA.
Update 8 September 2016
In this edition we stay with our tailings impoundments, and explain how events like last week’s earthquakes which were felt in Waihi are a very low risk to the TSF.
Update 7 July 2016
In this edition we explain the difference between a tailings impoundment like the two structures we have in Waihi and a tailings dam.
Update 2 June 2016
In this edition we answer some of our critics and attempt to dispel some of the myths about our industry which have received an airing recently.
Update 5 May 2016
In this edition we focus on the recent rock fall in the Martha open pit.
Update 28 April 2016
This half page special edition advises the general public of the closure of a section of the Pit Rim Walkway as a result of yesterday’s rock fall in the Martha open pit.
Update 14 April 2016
In this edition we report on the rerouting of the northern section of the Pit Rim Walkway, explain why we are moving a short section of fence at the Cornish Pumphouse, and provide the community with a brief background on last week’s group restructure announcement.
Update 7 April 2016
In this edition we report on continuing work on the north wall of the open pit, exploration activity, and the recent Miners’ Reunion. Dylan Purcell also features in his Beach Hop drag race outfit as he sprints for the line.
Update 3 March 2016
In this edition we report on exploration activity and explain how we use drill rigs to locate gold bearing ore.
Update 11 February 2016
In this edition we list the sponsorships, partnerships and donations that we were involved in during 2015.
Update 28 January 2016
In this edition we report that blasting has recommenced at Martha, we are placing exploration drill rigs around the open pit, and the weekly evacuation siren test will recommence. There is also a thanks to staff who assisted in so many ways at the Tunnellers’ Memorial Dedication last Friday.
Update 14 January 2016
In this edition we report on Empire and Daybreak, and background the construction of the new access road into the Martha open pit. There is also a report on the Tunnellers’ Memorial dedication which will take place on Friday 22 January. Waihi Gold has been a funding partner in this project and has also provided in-kind assistance.
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Update 10 December 2015
In this edition we explain why we are now reporting our exploration activities in more detail, update progress on the Social Impact Management Plan, and detail site activity over the holiday period.
Update 5 November 2015
In this edition we talk about the background of the transition to OceanaGold, explain changes to our 0800 Community Engagement line number, and report on the Social Impact Management Plan. We also introduce our new general manager Bernie O’Leary to the public.
Update 29 October 2015
In this edition Newmont says “farewell” to Waihi. We reflect on their 13 years working in the Waihi community.
Update 8 October 2015
In this edition we report on two very different Correnso consent conditions: the Social Impact Management Plan, and seismic and rock movement monitoring.
Update 10 September 2015
In this edition we explain how Waihi’s gold and silver can now be purchased in Waihi.
Update 13 August 2015
In this edition we introduce a new blast notification device, explain why some blasts may have felt a bit ‘different’ recently, and briefly report on where we are up to with the sale of the operation.
Update 30 July 2015
In this edition we look at the Amenity Effect Programme, update progress on the blast notification system, and report on MP Brett Hudson’s visit to site.
Update 16 July 2015
In this edition we feature photos from recent underground tours, and take the opportunity to answer questions we did not have time to respond to on Gold FM recently.
Update 2 July 2015
In this edition we detail amendments to the Top Up programme, report that drilling contractor Boart Longyear and Newmont Waihi Gold’s geology team have collectively reached eight years without recording a Lost Time Accident, and also report that 40 Waihi East residents will be attending blast vibration workshops being held on 2 July.
Update 18 June 2015
In this edition we explain why we are playing ‘Battleships’ with students in Waihi East, explain what the SIMP is and where to find it, and report on what happens next, now that the sale of Waihi Gold to OceanaGold has been finalised.
Update 4 June 2015
In this edition we detail what will happen on site as a result of Newmont’s decision to stop active mining in the Martha open pit and explain why this is different to closure. We also pay tribute to the staff of Macmahon Contractors whose contract has been terminated as a result of this decision.
Update 21 May 2015
In this edition we report that mining has not resumed at the open pit and look at what some Macmahon staff have been doing in the community in the interim. We also report on progress with the Tsunado blast notification device roll out, and explain why we recently had a video crew underground.
Update 7 May 2015
In this edition we address some of the frequently asked questions regarding the proposed sale by Newmont of Waihi Gold to OceanaGold.
Update April 23 2015
In this ‘Miners at War’ issue we report on local miners who lost their lives on the first day of the Gallipoli assault and record the death of Sapper Davies, a miner from Waihi, whose death created Waihi’s first war widow. We also reproduce a newspaper article suggesting that the term ‘Digger’ originated in Waihi and another which reports that, amongst the death and destruction, gold was discovered on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Lest we Forget.
Update 9 April 2015
In this edition we explain how and why we backfill our underground mines, and also detail the paperwork we require from people or organisations that apply to us for financial or in-kind assistance.
Update 26 March 2015
In this edition we explain electric fishing; what it is, how it works, why we do it, and the results we have received from last month’s survey. There is also advice on bait stations being placed on Union Hill to control rats and mice.
12 March 2015
In this edition we report on our current near mine exploration drilling programme. We describe what we are doing, where and why; and use fish and chips to explain the exploration process.
26 February 2015
In this edition we report on activities at our Education Centre, take a look at our three new underground trucks, and explain why some of our female staff are wearing pink hi viz shirts.
Update 12 February 2015
In this edition we report on a number of new technologies now being used underground to improve safety and productivity.
Update 29 January 2015
In this edition we report on our Tailings Storage Facility and explain what is happening there during the summer construction season. We also background some history, and explain what you can see from the road, and what you can’t see, and how both of these are important.
Update 15 January 2015
In this edition we report on the ways in which we regularly communicate with our local community, and the ways in which our community can get in touch with us. We also report on the 2014 Social Impact Assessment (SIA) which is available on our website.
Update 1 January 2015
In this edition we detail the donations, sponsorships and partnerships we provided during 2014.