Messina Minerals Inc.
TSX VENTURE : MMI

Messina Minerals Inc.

January 16, 2007 09:30 ET

Messina Minerals "MMI" Commences 2007 Drilling

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 16, 2007) - Messina Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MMI) has commenced 2007 diamond drilling for zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold mineralization on the Tulks South Property located in central Newfoundland, Canada.

The multiphase drilling program underway will test the Domino, Hurricane, and other zinc-enriched massive sulphide zones identified during 2005 and 2006 programs adjacent to the Boomerang massive sulphide zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold mineral resource discovered in 2004. The Boomerang mineralization as presently defined is the subject of an independent mineral resource estimate being prepared by Snowden Mining Industry Consultants Inc. designed to meet NI43-101 Policy standards. The two-fold objectives of the 2007 exploration program are to:

- define/expand the volume of zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold enriched massive sulphide mineralization in the immediate vicinity of the known Boomerang mineral resource

- identify and test new exploration targets within Messina's extensive 323 square kilometer properties for 'Buchans-style' base metal deposits.

Two new discoveries made in 2006 proximal to Boomerang are the Domino and Hurricane target areas which are shown on the map "Boomerang Long Section - Diamond Drill Intersections" available on the Company's website at www.messinaminerals.com/s/Boomerang.asp under the heading "Maps".

The Tulks South Property includes Boomerang and represents a portion of the 323 square kilometer area of Messina's central Newfoundland mineral land holdings. The region is historically known to be prospective for zinc-rich deposits and home to the formerly producing world class base metal deposits at Buchans and currently home to an 1,800 tonne per day zinc-copper mine at Duck Pond.

On behalf of the Board of Messina Minerals Inc.

Peter Tallman, President

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