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. Our key focus in Australia is on copper, gold, rare earths and critical minerals. These minerals are critical for clean energy, numerous green technologies and polishing compounds. Their value is both strategic and financial.
Australia – Munuku
Munuku Pty Ltd is a Queensland registered mineral exploration company, privately owned by Hardie Pacific’s Director Duncan Hardie and Michael Thirnbeck. Munuku have ten exploration permits, with emphasis on copper, gold, rare earths and critical minerals. The permits are accessible via the Cape York Peninsula Development Road in Far North Queensland. Munuku’s portfolio total 249,460 hectares.
New Zealand – Smylers Gold
The Smylers Gold Pty Ltd project is located in Central Otago. Through detailed surface mapping, geochemical sampling, and drilling currently with three rigs, we have extended the known Hyde-Macraes Shear Zone 5km eastwards towards Palmerston, within our licence area (EP60389). The c.10 million-ounce Hyde-Macraes Shear Zone hosts the Macraes Mine, New Zealand’s largest producing gold mine. Recent work has revealed multiple gold-bearing shear structures that display characteristic Macraes gold and tungsten mineralisation across seven key prospects.
Westland Mineral Sands
Hardie Pacific is the largest shareholder in this Company, holding permits in Westland, New Zealand, containing in excess of 50m tonnes of heavy mineral concentrate (HMC), which include garnets, ilmenite, and rare earths. WMSL is committed to the re-opening of the Buller River Port at Westport, to allow for the bulk export of HMC to the world markets. A Wet Concentrator Plant (WCP) is currently on-route to be constructed on-site, to allow for production to commence within the next few months.
Commitment to Research & Industry Bodies
In New Zealand we are closely aligned with NZIMMR, a regional research institute for minerals to materials. In Australia, we work with several of the Queensland Government Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) Schemes.