Kia ora!

The Ka Nui Enough! counter-conference was organised by a coalition of groups from around New Zealand to coincide with the Australasian mining industry conference in Rotorua this month. The counter-conference took place in Rotorua on 25-26 August, and its name sums up its purpose: Ka Nui / Enough!

It was a weekend of inspiring speakers and workshops on the key issues faced by communities on the resource extraction frontlines and viable alternatives to the mining and fossil fuel industries.

The Climate Elephant was in the room when the Ka Nui Conference delegates joined the AusIMM Conference delegates to read the Ka Nui Declaration at the AusIMM Cocktail Party.

In the same week in Rotorua, the AusIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) held their annual conference to “celebrate New Zealand mining and the contribution this important industry makes to the future of the community through science, engineering and economic development”. This year sponsors included ANZ, Bathurst Resoreces, OceanaGold, Newmont and the Ministry for Economic Development. (Conference website)