Potential ecological effects of expansion of mining operations at Waihi
Dr Ngaire Phillips has provided technical review services to the Waikato Regional Council (WRC) covering ecology, ecotoxicology and water quality associated with mining at Waihi operated by Oceana Gold since 2015. In that time, she has provided technical support on a range of issues, including assessments of changes in macroinvertebrate communities, selenium ecotoxicity issues, proposed methodological changes, proposed consent condition changes and additional/modified operations. She also undertakes regular reviews of the annual consent monitoring reports. Through her previous and current roles, Dr Phillips has been involved in effects assessment associated with the mining sector since the mid 1990s, in New Zealand and in Australia, and has experience with coal, sand, copper and gold mining.
In 2018 Oceana Gold, applied for resource consents associated with Project Martha. Dr Phillips undertook a peer review of assessment of effects report submitted as part of resource consent applications and provided a report to assist development of the section 42a report. She also attended the resource consent hearing and provided further technical analysis on ecological and water quality matters at the request of the Hearings Panel. Dr Phillips also provided comment on the consent conditions. The resource consents were granted.
Dr Phillips is currently providing support to WRC associated with the proposed Wharekirauponga operations.