You know, it’s great that Gerry Brownlee is still trying to keep the mining momentum rolling, but you’re probably wondering now why the government will now be spending up to five-million dollars of your money to undertake a “magnetic aerial survey in Northland and the West Coast, to explore for minerals.”
You’re probably asking yourself, “Isn’t this something on which private companies should be risking their own money?’ to which the answer is, of course, yes.
The reason, however, that it’s the government risking your money instead of a private company spending their own is that mineral rights in New Zealand are nationalised. Owned by the government. Just like it used to be in the Soviet Union.
Before the first Labour Government passed legislation in 1937 nationalising whatever mineral and petroleum resources might be found around New Zealand, ownership of that potential resource was determined by the common law, essentially giving rights to the resource to whomever discovered it and/or owned the space on which the resource lay—a great incentive to discover and exploit new resources. After 1937, however, any oil, gas, radioactive minerals, gold, silver, coal and all other metallic and non-metallic minerals and aggregates found anywhere in New Zealand belonged not to those who discovered and were prepared to exploit them, but by the government in perpetuity. Just like it used to be in the Soviet Union.
Which explains why the government is now using your money to pay for the magnetic aerial survey in Northland and the West Coast to explore for minerals, instead of a private company paying for it themselves. Just like it used to be in the Soviet Union.
Which as much as anything else also explains why Australians derives so much greater wealth from that country’s mineral resources than we do from this one’s, even though ours is nearly as much per-capita than theirs.
And which as much as anything else also explains why anything involved with mining in New Zealand is so heavily politicised, so hard to undertake, and puts the government in the position of both miner and environmental guardian. Just like it used to be in the Soviet Union.
- Paula Bennett, Gerry Brownlee & ObamaCare: What’s the connection? – NOT PC
”National isn’t “freeing up” government land for mining because it wants the economy to surge ahead. It simply wants to “let out” that land so they can rope in some help to pay that burgeoning welfare bill…. Gerry wants to dig, baby, dig –- not to make the country rich, but to keep the state’s welfare coffers full. No wonder we’re stuffed.”
- Property rights urgently needed to allow mineral riches to be safely exploited – NOT PC
”Is it possible to mine without upsetting the neighbours, and to set up a legal structure that allows it? …Of course it is. It just requires the clear recognition of private property rights.”
- Can State Expropriation of Minerals be Justified? Part I – M&M
Madeleine Flannagan sets out a common law property rights argument based on Blackstone and John Locke, examining what circumstances, if any, might justify the state taking real property.
- Can State Expropriation of Minerals be Justified? Part II – M&M
Sets out some of the purported justifications for expropriation of property, using the examples of petroleum, gold and silver, which are then analysed, critiqued & dismissed.