OceanaGold Appoints General Counsel and Company Secretary



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    MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - OceanaGold Corporation today
announced it has appointed Matthew Salthouse as its General Counsel and
Company Secretary.
    Matthew was previously Company Secretary and Legal Counsel at Drivetrain
Systems International Pty Ltd a multi million dollar exporter of automotive
components. Before joining Drivetrain, Matthew was employed as a Senior
Associate at Chambers & Company where he consulted on various merger and
acquisition matters for large scale mining and resource companies. He has also
worked as a commercial lawyer and legal practitioner at Coles Myer, ION
Limited, Herbert Smith and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
    Matthew holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from Monash
University in Melbourne. He also holds a Graduate Diploma of Industrial
Relations from Melbourne University and an Advanced Certificate - Business
Analysis & Valuation from the London School of Economics.
    OceanaGold's Chief Executive Officer, Steve Orr said "Matthew's broad
legal experience and familiarity with the mining industry will make a valuable
contribution and strengthen OceanaGold's executive management team."

    About OceanaGold

    OceanaGold currently operates in the South Island of New Zealand and in
the Philippines. The Company's assets include New Zealand's largest gold mine
at Macraes, a new mine in the Reefton Goldfield, and two development projects;
the Frasers Underground Mine, scheduled for commissioning in early 2008, and
the Didipio Gold-Copper Project in northern Luzon, Philippines scheduled for
completion in early 2009. The Company expects to achieve gold production of
approximately 500,000 gold equivalent ounces (AuEq) in 2009.
    OceanaGold is listed on the Toronto, Australian and New Zealand stock
exchanges under the symbol "OGC".





For further information:

For further information: Mr Darren Klinck, Vice President, Corporate &
Investor Relations, OceanaGold Corporation, Tel: 61 3 9656 5300


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