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TVI Pacific Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

12/17/2010

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CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/17/10 -- TVI Pacific Inc. (TSX: TVI) (OTCQX: TVIPF) ("TVI" or "the Company") today announced the appointment of Patrick B. Hanna as Chief Financial Officer of the Company.

Mr. Hanna is a Certified Management Accountant with more than 28 years professional experience in both the mining and oil and gas sectors. Most recently, Mr. Hanna was Director of Financial Excellence for Kazakhmys Copper Corporation, the 10th largest copper producer worldwide. Prior to that, Mr. Hanna represented Glencore International as Vice-President for Project Finance for its lead and zinc facility, Kazzinc, in Kazakhstan, and High River Gold in its gold mining operation in Russia. Mr. Hanna's experience includes 18 years living and working internationally with various other companies including Gulf Canada Resources, Neste Oil and Ernst & Young. Mr. Hanna will be based in the Calgary office.

"I am very pleased that Patrick has joined the TVI team" said Cliff James, President and CEO. "Patrick brings extensive corporate finance and accounting experience to the TVI management team and his wide range of skills will add great value to us during this time of accelerated growth."

About TVI Pacific Inc. (TSX: TVI) (OTCQX: TVIPF)

TVI Pacific Inc. is a publicly-traded copper producer focused on the production, development, exploration and acquisition of precious and base metal mining deposits in the Philippines. The Company's interest in the Canatuan Mine and its other Philippine assets are held through its affiliate, TVI Resource Development (Phils.), Inc.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved of the information contained herein.

Contacts:
TVI Pacific Inc. Rhonda Bennetto Executive Director Investor Communications 403.265.4356 rhonda.bennetto@tvipacific.com TVI Pacific Inc. Ian McColl Investor Relations Analyst 403.265.4356 ian.mccoll@tvipacific.com Connect With Us: www.tvipacific.com Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/tvipacific "Like" us at www.facebook.com/tvipacific

Source: TVI PACIFIC INC.


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