Story: Northland region

Mineral mining

Mineral mining

At Puhipuhi, north of Whangārei, mercury was mined at several sites after 1907. In the 1940s, NZ Mercury Mines recovered and treated mercury for export. Here a worker is shown filling metal bottles with mercury. More recently Puhipuhi's gold reserves, mined sporadically since the 1880s, have been the focus of attention. In 2015 and 2016 Evolution Mining New Zealand received permits to begin exploration at Puhipuhi and adjoining areas. Some local residents and iwi came together to oppose mining in the area.

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Claudia Orange, 'Northland region - Industries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Claudia Orange, updated 1 May 2015