Other communities are less supportive, and the Coromandel peninsula may be an example.
At a national level, most New Zealanders are conditionally supportive of minerals exploration and mining. Each company will develop its own approach to engaging with and consulting land owners, communities, other stakeholders, and Maori on their exploration and mining projects.
In 2013 New Zealand topped the Transparency International global anti-corruption perceptions index.
As elsewhere in the world, minerals exploration and mining projects are more likely to succeed if there is local buy-in to what is proposed.
In all other cases, minerals are privately owned, either by the land owner, or by some other person or group (e.g., a Maori tribal trust).