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Parliamentary Reporter.

WELLINGTON, this day,

The purchase of the Wangaloa coalfield, near Kaitangata, Otago, by the State for £16,500 was announced last night by the acting-Minister of Mines, Mr. O'Brien. The area purchased consisted of 620 acres of freehold land and 200 acres of leasehold, but the small Wangaloa mine, which is being worked by underground methods, is not included in the transaction.

The property was known to contain a very large quantity of coal, said Mr. O'Brien, but the immediate interest would lie in a portion of the area from which coal could be won by mechanical open-cast methods. Arrangements had been made between the Mines Department and the Works Department for the rapid development of this open-cast block, and it was expected that coal production would commence within a fortnight, when the necessary preliminary work of roading would have been completed.

The Minister indicated that the additional production from this field would be used in the South Island.

After two years' prospecting by an expert, Mr. C. Harris, of Glentunnel, an extensive coalfield has been proved in the blook purchased by the Government near Kaitangata. The areas have been examined hy other coalmining experts and Government officials, who, it is reported, claim that the field is one of the best in the south. The output of the Wangaloa mine last year was 7300 tons, and during the four months in which the open-cast method has been used on the adjoining property the production there has totalled approximately 1000 tons. The property is three miles from Kaitangata toward the coast. The greater part of the freehold area can be worked economically, being free from water. One block of this area contains 87 acres and has been pro\ r ed to carry the Wangaloa seam, which is 23ft in depth.

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PURCHASE BY STATE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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PURCHASE BY STATE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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