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The Minister of Mines has had prepared returns showing the mineral exportation from the colony for the past nine years ended December 31. This shows that while there has boen a decline in gold exportation each year with one exception, there has been a steady increase, with one exception, in the value of other ores, including coal and kauri gum. From year to year it is noticeable that, while the decrease iu goM has been only slight, there has been a considerable increase in other mineral produces, and the total mineral exportation for the last three years shows very satisfactory results. The following are the figures for the last three years: Gold. Oihorores. Value. Value. Total. DOC. 31,1886 .. £003,069 £318,783 (61,222,482 „ 1887 .. 811,100 4)9,751 1,230,044 ~ IbBB .. b01,066 459,261 1,260,827 The expenditure of the Mines Department for the last three years taken up to the end of the financial year, 31st March, was as follows : 1880-87. 1887-88. 1883-89. £72,032 £46,698 £23,538

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EXPORT OF MINERALS., Issue 8042, 19 October 1889

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EXPORT OF MINERALS. Issue 8042, 19 October 1889

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