Gold17@Rotorua Media Release


An International Symposium in the heartland of the active hydrothermal systems of the Taupo Volcanic Zone

21st to 23rd February 2017, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its thermal springs and geothermal systems representing active examples of epithermal gold processes, Rotorua is the perfect location for the Gold17 Symposium in February 2017.  The conference is being convened jointly by the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and Geoscientists Symposia.  It continues the regular series of gold events that commenced with Gold82 in Zimbabwe and was followed by meetings in southern Africa, Australia and the Americas. Symposium sponsors include OceanaGold, the AusIMM, GNS Science and NZ Petroleum and Minerals.

This is the first time the event has been held in New Zealand.

This conference is shaping up to be the most important gold geoscience conference since Gold14@Kalgoorlie in 2014 said the symposium Organizing Committee Chairman and industry consultant Julian Vearncombe.  It provides three days of talks and posters on various aspects of gold deposits, provinces and exploration. Networking opportunities with some of the world’s foremost experts, making it an essential event to attend for mineral exploration and research geoscientists.

Rotorua is often referred to as the ‘Lake District’ because of the number of fishable lakes within its boundaries. It was historically New Zealand’s first tourism destination, because of thermal features such as the Pink and White Terraces destroyed in the 1886 Tarawera eruption. Rotorua continues as the centre for geothermal attractions and visitors are immediately aware of the geothermal environment because of the characteristic scent of sulphur in the air.

The symposium will be a truly international event, with keynote speakers from Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. The meeting will focus on developments in gold mineral systems, exploration technologies, opportunities and Pacific margin geology and mineralisation. Field trips will visit gold mines in Otago and Waihi, and the hydrothermal systems of the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Short courses will critically compare the New Zealand mineralisation with that elsewhere around the Pacific Rim.

The goal of Gold17@Rotorua is to present the innovative geological practices and technological innovations that are contributing to the continued success of an industry that employs 800 in New Zealand, and 25,000 personnel across Australia.

For further information contact

Julian Vearncombe in Australia
t: +61 437477220
Tony Christie in New Zealand
t +64  211759307

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