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New Zealand Branch – Announcing the AusIMM Monograph 33 Roadshow

The New Zealand Branch is proud to announce the AusIMM Monograph 33 Roadshow taking place on the North and South Islands during July and August.

AusIMM published Monograph 33 in June 2019.

It is with great pleasure the New Zealand Branch announces that Alan Sherwood will give a series of talks on the main messages and conclusions that come out of the Monograph.

Rather than giving a descriptive geological talk, Alan will discuss New Zealand’s coal resources and the place of coal in the New Zealand economy.

The Monograph covers:

  • The geological history of coal deposition in New Zealand from Late Cretaceous to Pliocene
  • The geology and resources of coal regions and individual coalfields
  • A revised coal resource inventory for New Zealand
  • A history of the coal industry, including the role of government
  • General coal properties and utilisation
  • The place of coal in the New Zealand economy
  • Mining prospects in the main coalfields

Roadshow Itinerary:

Please note the schedule of talks in the North and South Islands below. 


North Island
Auckland – Tuesday 23 July
Hamilton – Wednesday 24 July
Wellington – Thursday 25 July

 

South Island
Nelson – Monday 5 August
Christchurch – Tuesday 6 August
Westport – Wednesday 7 August
Dunedin – Friday 9 August

Light refreshments will be provided and non-members are welcome to attend.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have some informed discussion on New Zealand coal.

We will advise other details in due course.


Guest Speaker:

Alan Sherwood graduated with a BSc from the University of Auckland in 1971 followed by an MSc from the University of Waikato in 1972 and an MPhil in 1973. He joined the New Zealand Geological Survey in 1974 and, caught in an avalanche of government funding for coal exploration, headed an intensive exploration programme in the Waikato until 1979. He then worked on coal resource projects and policy in the Geological Survey’s Lower Hutt office until 1990, fitting in a field season of geological mapping in Antarctica in 1987/88.

Looking for a change, he worked for the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission, based in Fiji, between 1990 and 1995. On returning to New Zealand, he worked as an independent consultant, mainly on geological and energy-related projects for a range of clients including the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Crown Minerals, the Centre for Advanced Engineering and several coal companies.

He joined what is now the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in 2006, retiring as Principal Coal Geologist in 2018.


Hardcopy and digital versions of Monograph 33 are now available for purchase.

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