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Hardie Pacific is proud to be a part of the transition to the low carbon revolution. Our key interests are in rare earth minerals, strategic minerals, copper, ilmenite and garnet,  all being vital to clean and modern technology, industry, and the lessening of our environmental footprint.

Our aim is to identify commercial deposits with sufficient scale to appeal to international investors.



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 totals 249,460 hectares. Our recent activity includes on-going field work, airmag surveys and reporting.


Curwon Pty Ltd, is a Queensland registered, dedicated copper exploration company, with the same ownership as Munuku Pty Ltd. The four permits are concentrated within the catchment of the Coleman River in Far North Queensland. The Curwon prospect was first drilled in the early 1990’s, with interesting results. Little subsequent exploration has occurred until the last two years following Curwon’s permitting. Our recent activity includes on-going field work, airmag surveys and reporting.

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 two 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 has re-opened of both the Buller River Port at Westport and the Grey River Port, to allow for the bulk export of HMC to the world markets. A Wet Concentrator Plant (WCP) is now fully constructed and is currently in the testing-phase with our first export shipment scheduled for late 2022.

Commitment to Research & Industry Bodies

In New Zealand we are closely aligned with various universities to support our various projects in their research and development. In Australia, we work with several of the Queensland Government Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) Schemes, specifically focussing on critical minerals.