Story: Waikato region

Opencast coal mining

Opencast coal mining

An excavator loads overburden (soil and rock) onto a truck at the Rotowaro opencast mine west of Huntly. Overburden above the coal seam has to be removed before the coal itself can be mined. Opencast mining began in Waikato during the Second World War.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - Energy and forestry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 1 Jul 2015