Rio Tinto closing aluminium smelter in New Zealand

Posted on: Mon 18 Jan 2021

Mining conglomerate Rio Tinto announced last year it was closing aluminium smelter Tiwai in August this year due to high energy and transmission costs, but now it will keep operating until the end of 2024. What will be the impact of closing Tiwai on the local community?

Also, Donald Trump’s deputy chief of staff, Chris Liddell, is a New Zealander who hails from the tiny North Island town of Matamata. What will be the implications of his return after Trump leaves the White House?

Our Kiwi correspondent, Oscar Perress from 95BFM joins Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis to talk us through these stories across the Tasman this week.

Produced by Zoe Kounadis

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