The New Zealand Green Party has labelled a gold mine near Waihi in the country North Island as “inappropriate”, saying it is on Department of Conservation land in the Karangahake Gorge.
It comes as junior gold miner New Talisman released its first gold reserves statement for the Talisman mine.
The company, previously known as Heritage Gold, is targeting production in about a couple of years.
The mine was surrounded by mining heritage buildings and walkways. It also had forest that was recuperating from previous mining activities.
“It is a very popular holiday and visitor place and the idea of commercial scale mining is inappropriate,” spokeswoman for the Green Party Catherine Delahunty said
She also said the company “have been hanging around the Coromandel for many years and have never really done a hell of a lot”.
But the company has held discussions with local iwi groups and said it has not come across any local protestors against its intentions.
It said the underground mine would not significantly affect the environment.
Ore processing will be trucked away rather than carried out on the mine site, stuff.co.nz reported.
Talisman Mine is proceeding with its gold mine despite the gold price drop.
Prices showed signs of recovery recently, crossing the $1400 mark, which was an 11-week high.
Its first reserve statement for the initial period of the mine was reported as 28,000 ounces of gold and 127,800 ounces of silver.
“It has been a very difficult climate for the resources sector as a whole, and not just in the junior miners,” Talisman executive director Matthew Hill said.
“But we have a unique position with the Talisman mine in that there are certain high grade elements to our ore which would allow us, even with a significant [price correction] to still extract significant profits.”
According to Hill, the company predicts it will be bulk sampling by the third quarter of 2014 before bidding for a full mining approval.
Full scale mining could begin 12 to 18 months after that.
The next stage for the company is resource approval and the company said that is progressing.