Beyond its more traditional uses, the use of copper is central to both the development of batteries, microelectronics, including EV circuitry and other green technologies, and the strategies of Hardie Pacific.
Rare Earth Minerals
These minerals are critical for clean energy, numerous green technologies and the development of microelectronics, batteries, and polishing compounds. Their value is both financial and strategic.
Australasia has significant rare earth resources, and we believe that these sites can assist in ensuring that Hardie Pacific contributes directly towards global production, thus providing some strategic independence for the region.
In New Zealand we are closely aligned with NZIMMR and in Queensland, Australia we work with several of the Queensland government Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) Schemes.
Garnet is a cleaner and healthier option for abrasive blasting and water jet cutting, replacing the traditional silicon-based material. It will play a pivotal role in the green technology advances moving forward. Our Southern garnet deposits contain larger sized stones, which the world is in short supply, and used for the water filtration plants.
Westland Mineral Sands Limited
Hardie Pacific is the largest shareholder in this Company, holding permits containing in excess of 50m tonnes of heavy mineral sand concentrate, which include garnets, ilmenite and rare earths. WMSL committed to re-opening of the Buller River Port, Westland, to allow the bulk export of heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) to the world markets. www.wsmnz.com