Cel­e­brat­ing 30 years of Martha gold pours

Waihi Leader - - News -

Waihi Mine staff have cel­e­brated 30 years of gold pours, and a fire­works dis­play is planned for the town.

The first gold pour from the mod­ern Martha Mine took place on May 16, 1988.

Ex­actly 30 years later, staff and per­ma­nent con­trac­tors gath­ered for a spit roast meal to cel­e­brate this event. Work stopped across the site while staff gath­ered in a mar­quee to lis­ten to a short speech from gen­eral man­ager Bernie O’Leary and watch a video which showed images form the last 30 years.

At the con­clu­sion of the event, those present were each pre­sented with a gold and sil­ver coin to mark the pro­duc­tion of three mil­lion ounces of gold. This mile­stone was achieved ear­lier this year.

A spe­cial ‘gold bar’ cake was cut by Cassie Craig, one of the most re­cent em­ploy­ees to join the com­pany, and Rex Gil­bert who has been at the mine for 30 years.

The night shift re­peated th­ese events that evening be­fore head­ing to work.

A gi­ant fire­works dis­play is cur­rently be­ing planned to take place over the Martha open pit on Fri­day, June 8. The pub­lic will be able to pur­chase food and drink in the area around the Cor­nish Pump­house at the top of Sed­don Street be­fore watch­ing the dis­play which is set for 7pm.

If the dis­play is post­poned due to rain or high wind it will be resched­ule for the same time on Satur­day, June 9. Or­gan­is­ers say you won’t need to be at the Pump­house to see the dis­play which should be vis­i­ble from all around Waihi, but the best view will be around the pit rim.


Cassie Craig and Rex Gil­bert rep­re­sented the most re­cent and long serv­ing em­ploy­ees as they cut the ‘gold bar’ cake.

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