Messina Minerals Inc.

Messina Minerals Inc.

December 19, 2006 15:09 ET

Messina Minerals "MMI" Contracts Snowden for Boomerang NI43-101 Resource Estimate

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 19, 2006) - Messina Minerals Inc. ("MMI") (TSX VENTURE:MMI) is exploring for zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold massive sulphides within Messina's Tulks South Property and adjacent properties located in central Newfoundland, Canada. The two-fold objectives of the ongoing exploration program are to:

- identify and test significant new exploration targets within Messina's extensive 323 square kilometer area properties, focusing on Domino and other zones adjacent to Boomerang

- calculate a current NI43-101 resource estimate at Messina's Boomerang zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold discovery (see news release November 29, 2006).


Messina has contracted Snowden Mining Industry Consultants Inc. ("Snowden") to conduct a resource estimate on, and prepare a NI43-101 Technical Report for, the Boomerang zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold deposit located in Newfoundland, Canada. The NI43-101 report is anticipated to be completed during the first half of 2007.

Snowden was established in 1987 and has provided geological and resource modeling and mine planning services among others to over 500 mining-related clients including some of the world's largest international companies.


Messina Minerals Inc. announces, subject to regulatory acceptance, a non-brokered private placement of up to 125,000 flow through units of its securities. The flow through units will be at a price of $1.40 per unit for gross proceeds of up to $175,000. Each flow-through unit will be comprised of one flow through common share and one non-flow through common share purchase warrant entitling the holder to purchase one additional share at a price of $1.75 for a period of two years. Flow through units will convey income tax benefits to the purchasers and proceeds of the flow through portion of the placement will be used to fund exploration programs on the Company's Newfoundland properties.

Kerry Sparkes, Vice President Exploration of Messina Minerals Inc., is the Qualified Person responsible for exploration on the Company's properties in central Newfoundland and the person responsible for the technical data contained within this news release.

On behalf of the Board of Messina Minerals Inc.

Peter Tallman, President

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this news release.

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