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Journal of the Nelson and Marlborough Historical Societies, Volume 2, Issue 3, 1989

Major Deposits of Limestone

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Major Deposits of Limestone

Waimea County is fortunate that it has two major deposits of limestone within its boundary, in addition to several smaller and discrete occurrences. The major ones are:—

1.The marble of the Pikikiruna range, or Takaka Hill, running in a N.E. – S. W. line, to the N.W. of the County.
2.The Maitai limestone, running in a parallel, direction to the S.E. of the County.

Workings on these two deposits account for the larger tonnages to have been extracted.

There have been three major uses of the limestones over the years:—

1.For the manufacture of burnt lime.
2.For the production of agricultural lime.
3.For the production of marble building stone and chips.