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World Coal Institute
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Gold
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Limestone/Cement
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National government
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Support Product and Service Providers
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MBC Contracting Ltd Professional environmental services
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Cowan & Holmes Ltd
37 Mackay St
P O Box 156 Greymouth
Freephone 0800 42 78 78
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Training
Tai Poutini Polytechnic
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PDF factsheets on coal mining careers
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Extractive Industries Training Organisation
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Infratrain
The nationally registered Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for infrastructure industries.
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Territorial Authorities
Westland District Council
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Grey District Council – lotsa colour!
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Regional development, tourism and promotion
Development West Coast
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The West Coast
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Reefton: Town of Light
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Ross
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Alluvial
Coal stockpiles and overburden at Cascade coal mine northeast of Westport.
 
Alluvial
Coal mining has been part of the region's heritage since 1864.
 
Alluvial
Monteith's famous ales are brewed using West Coast coal.
 
The traditional hei-tiki
Described as a 'recreational' rather than a financial activity, blacksanding requires little gear and has a very low environmental impact.
 
The traditional hei-tiki
The traditional hei-tiki is an example of the intricate pounamu carving styles practiced by Maori. It is easy to see why such pieces assume the status of taonga.
 
Pounamu
Pounamu, flax weaving, paua shell and a greywacke beach stone. Pounamu is an important part of the modern tourism industry on the West Coast.
 
The traditional hei-tiki
 
Pounamu
 
Pounamu
 
Alluvial
Mining for alluvial gold on the West Coast.

The excavator loads gold-bearing sand and gravel into the plant in the centre of the picture. The material passes through a rotating screen and over a vibrating table to extract the gold.
 
The West Coast contains virtually all New Zealand’s bituminous (coking) coals. Compared to overseas coals, ash levels are low and in some seams exceptionally low.
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