Southland and Otago aeromagnetic surveys

Publish date: 14 December 2015

NZP&M’s aeromagnetic survey project will start flights over Southland and Otago from early January 2016.

Map of the Southland and Otago regions where aeromagnetic surveying is being conducted.
The survey areas.

Thomson Aviation are flying survey aircraft over these areas to measure magnetic fields and natural radiation.

The aim of the survey is to get better insights into our mineral potential of these areas. The data gathered will be available free to industry and valuable information for potential investors that can help sway investment decisions.

The surveys are part of an $8 million government investment in new data, announced in last year’s budget. Of this, $6 million was dedicated to these surveys, with a deadline for them to be completed by 2017.

The data gathered also offer value to local authorities. Marlborough District Council and Venture Southland (representing Environment Southland, Southland District Council, Invercargill City Council and Gore District Council) have partnered with NZP&M on the project, which will assist them to map geological hazards (including fault lines); understand regional water resources; and gather information on climate, soil and geology.

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