The Waihi Community Forum (the Forum) was formed after the announcement of the proposed Golden Link Project including the proposed Correnso underground mine in the east of Waihi.

The Forum is made up of two representatives from OceanGold Waihi, two from Hauraki District Council (HDC) and five representatives from the community.

Through roles given to the Forum in the recently released Correnso consent and the goodwill programmes initiated by OceanaGold Waihi, the purpose of the Forum is to contribute towards a thriving and sustainable community for those residents in what is now the Correnso Extended Project Area (CEPA) and ratepayers living close to mining operations.

Forum duties include:
  • appointing and managing the Independent Review Panel (IRP);
  • administering the Property Purchase Fund through the IRP;
  • consulting with the community on property purchase criteria;
  • developing initiatives through the Streets Ahead scheme; and
  • reporting on and receiving comments from the community on issues relating to OceanaGold Waihi's operations.


Belinda Burke - Community Representative (Chairperson)

We moved to Waihi from the Hawkes Bay to pursue work opportunities for my husband, settling in Waihi East four years ago. We were drawn to the East End by the lovely large sections on the edge of town and by East School which both my children attend and love.

Moving to Waihi has been a great experience for our family, we have found it to be a really supportive, friendly place to live with a lot going on if you are keen to get involved. We also enjoy the beaches and walks that are so close by.

I'm enjoying being involved with the Waihi Community Forum, particularly as Project Co-ordinator of our latest Streets Ahead scheme - the community green space. I believe a lot of good can come from this project, hopefully it will enable us to meet more of our neighbours, strengthening ties in our community.

Bhavesh Ranchhod - Community Representative (Deputy Chairperson)

Having been born and raised in Waihi, I have an excellent perspective of local issues and concerns. I live outside the Waihi East area, and can therefore bring an impartial view to the Forum. I am a self employed chartered accountant servicing small and medium sized businesses in and around Waihi providing tax compliance and business advice. I believe that my experience in the district and my financial background will provide the Forum with a valuable skill set.

Mike Hayden - Community Representative

Mike, an East End resident for more than 40 years, is interested in the way Waihi develops, both socially and physically, and how mining can contribute positively towards this. Mike comes to the Forum with a wide range of experience and skills obtained whilst being a valued member of various community initiatives, organisations and committees in Waihi and surrounding areas.

Max McLean - HDC Representative

Having worked and lived in the Waihi area for more than fifty years, I'm passionate about the area we live in. I am married to Shelley and have two adult children who live and work in the Waihi area.

The protection and preservation of this environment is of great importance to me. I love being in the outdoors and encourage others to enjoy our unique environment.

I'm one of two Hauraki District Council representatives on WCF.

It is important to listen to our residents and represent them at the WCF, to ensure that those who are affected will be adequately compensated.

Anne Marie Spicer - HDC Representative

I've lived in Waihi East for nine years with my husband Scott and our three children. We love Waihi and have made many good friends here.

I've joined several community groups and organisations over the past few years and was involved in community discussions with Hauraki District Council and Newmont Waihi Gold on the Correnso Underground Mine project before and after consent was granted. I have been on the Forum as both a Community Representative and as Chairperson.

As a Hauraki District Council Representative, I look forward to working with our community's committed Forum team in 2017. I will work hard to ensure Waihi East residents are well represented and supported during work in the Correnso Extended Project Area.

Donna Fisher - Waihi Gold Representative

I have lived in Waihi for the past 37 years, I am married to Neil and we have three adult children. In my spare time I am a keen member of the Waihi Soccer Club of which I am a Life Member.

I have been employed by Waihi Gold for the past 17 years and currently hold the position of Company Liaison Officer, a role I have held for the past eight years. I am responsible for communication facilitation and conflict resolution between the consent holder (Waihi Gold), the community and district and regional staff. I also have the responsibility of the 0800 Community Engagement Line.

I have a good understanding of the AEP, Waihi Gold's operations and the Property Policy. Prior to this I was an Environmental Technician carrying out compliance monitoring which involved noise, dust and water monitoring.

I feel I can add value to the forum with my experience in dealing with complaints raised by the community, environmental monitoring and local knowledge of the town and its people.

Kerry Watson - Waihi Gold Representative

Kerry is HSEC Manager at Waihi Gold. This position encompasses health, safety, environment, community and training. Kerry has a diverse work history including being the Environmental Manager for one of New Zealand's prominent electricity generators, a Detective Constable in the New Zealand Police and a secondary school Biology teacher. He has significant experience in environmental management, monitoring, regulatory processes, community engagement and education, all of which are combined in his daily work.

Joyce Taylor - WCF Coordinator (Non Voting)

My name is Joyce Taylor and I am the Waihi Community Forum Coordinator. I live in Katikati with my husband and family pets.

I have a wide range of administative skills that I have aquired over my career and am excited to be providing admin support to a community focused team.

As Forum Coordinator I'm your first port of call should you wish to get in touch with the Forum. In order to keep track of everything we encourage you to write to us and you can do this by clicking here or email us at wcfinformation@gmail.com or you can send a letter to our postal address (Waihi Community Forum, P. O. Box 54, Katikati, 3166). I also regularly send out Forum updates, please get in touch if you would like to receive these.

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