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1 Overview of TSM and New Gold People and Tailings February 24, 2014

2 All monetary amounts in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated Total cash costs shown net of by-product sales unless otherwise stated CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS Certain information contained within this presentation, including any information relating to New Gold’s future financial operating performance are “ forward looking All statements in this presentation, other than statements of historical fact, which address events or developments that New Gold expects to occur are “forward looking” Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical and are generally, but not always, identified by the use of forward looking terminology such as “plans”, ‘expects”, is expected”, budget”, “scheduled”, targeted”, estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “ projects”, “potential” “believes” or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “ would”, “ should”, “might”, “may” “could”, “would”, “should”, “might” or “will be taken”, “occur”, or “be achieved” or the negative connotations of such terms Forward looking statements in this presentation include, among others, statements with respect to: guidance for production, total cash coast and all –in sustaining costs; the results of the Rainy River Feasibility Study, including the expected production and costs; production potential and costs at New Gold’s other projects planned activities for 2014 and beyond at the company’s projects; the permitting activities and environmental assessment process; targeted throughput and recovery increase at New Afton; and targeted timing for completion of the New Afton Mill expansion. All forward looking statements in this presentation are based on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made and are subject to important risk factors and uncertainties, many of which are beyond New Gold’s ability to control or predict. Certain material assumptions regarding forward looking statements are discussed in this presentation, New Gold’s MD&As, its Annual Information Form and its Technical Reports filed at In addition to, and subject to, such assumptions discussed in more detail elsewhere the forward looking statements in this presentation are also subject to the following assumptions: (1) there being no significant disruption affecting New Gold’s operations; (2) political and legal developments in jurisdictions where New Gold operates, or may in the future operate, being consistent with New Gold’s current expectations; (3) the accuracy of New Gold’s current mineral reserves and resource estimates;(4) the exchange rate between the Canadian dollar, Australian dollar, Mexican peso and U.S. dollar being approximately consistent with current levels; (5) prices for diesel, natural gas, fuel, oil, electricity and other key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; (6) labour and materials cost increases on a basis consistent with New Gold’s current expectations; (7) permitting and arrangements with First Nations and other Aboriginal groups in respect of Rainy River and Blackwater being consistent with New Gold’s current expectations; (8) all environmental approvals)including the environmental assessment process for the Blackwater and Rainy River projects), required permits, licenses and authorizations being obtained from the relevant governments and other relevant stakeholders with the expected timelines, and (9) the results of the feasibility studies for Rainy River and Blackwater projects being realized. Forward looking statements are necessarily based on estimates and assumptions that are inherently subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation: significant capital requirements and the availability and management of capital resources; price volatility in the spot and forward markets for commodities; fluctuations in the international currency markets and in the rates of exchange of the currencies of Canada, the United States, Australia, Mexico and Chile; discrepancies between estimated and actual production, between actual and estimated reserves and resources and between estimated and actual metallurgical recoveries; changes in national and local government legislation in Canada, the United States, Australia, Mexico, and Chile or any other country in which New Gold currently or may in the future carry on business; taxation, controls; regulations and political or economic developments in the countries in which New Gold does or may carry on business; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risk of obtaining and maintaining the validity and enforceability of the necessarily licenses and permits and complying with the permitting requirements of each jurisdiction in which New Gold operates, including, but not limited to: in Canada, obtaining the necessary permits for the Blackwater and Rainy River projects; in Mexico, where Cerro San Pedro has a history of ongoing legal challenges related to our environmental authorizations (EIS), and in Chile, where certain activities at El Morro have been delayed due to litigation relating to its environmental permit; the lack of certainty with respect to foreign legal systems, which may not be immune from the influence of political pressure, corruption or other factors that are inconsistent with the rule of law; the uncertainty inherent to current and future legal challenges New Gold is or may become party to; diminishing quantities or grades of reserves and resources; competition; loss of key employees; additional funding requirements; rising costs of labour, supplies, fuel and equipment; actual results of current exploration or reclamation activities; uncertainties inherent to mining economic studies including the feasibility studies for Rainy River and Blackwater; the uncertainty with respect to prevailing market conditions necessary for a positive development or construction decision at each of Blackwater and Rainy River; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; accidents; labour disputes; defective title to mineral claims or property or contests over claims to mineral properties; unexpected delays and costs inherent to consulting and accommodating rights of First Nations and other Aboriginal groups; uncertainties with respect to obtaining all necessary surface and other land use rights or tenure for Rainy River; risks, uncertainties and unanticipated delays associated with obtaining and maintaining necessary licenses, permits and authorizations and complying with permitting requirements, including those associated with the environmental assessment process for Blackwater and Rainy River. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, including environmental events and hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or expected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and gold bullion losses (and the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover these risks) as well as “Risk Factors” included in New Gold’s disclosure documents filed on and available at Forward looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results and future events could materially differ from those anticipated in such statements. All of the forward looking statements contained in this presentation are qualified by these cautionary statements. New Gold expressly claims ant intentional or obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements whether a result of new information, events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities law. The foot notes and end notes to this presentation contain important information. The end notes are found at the end of the presentation. Cautionary Statement 2

3 New Gold Assets Blackwater New Afton Rainy River Mesquite Cerro San Pedro El Morro (30%) Peak Mines Mine Life: 17 years Mine Life: 8 years + C-zone potential Mine Life: 14 years Mine Life: 8 years + residual leach Mine Life: 1 year + residual leach Mine Life: 17 years (2) Mine Life: 6+ years # 1 CANADA #3UNITEDSTATES#3UNITEDSTATES # 5 MEXICO # 4 CHILE #2AUSTRALIA#2AUSTRALIA OPERATING DEVELOPMENT All Assets Ranked in Top 5 Global Mining Jurisdictions (1) 1. Based on 2014 Behre Dolbear Report – “2014 Ranking of Countries for Mining Investment”. 2. Mine life based on December 2011 feasibility study. 3

4 Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Performance Indicators 4

5 Tailings Management was a Key Driver for TSM - Responding to World Wide Tailings Failures Merriespruit, 1994 South Africa Omai, 1995 Guyana Marcopper, 1996 Philippines Kolontar, 2010 Hungary 5 Mount Polley 2014 British Columbia, Canada Talvivaara 2012 Finland Obed Coal 2013 Alberta, Canada Los Frailes, 1998 Spain

6 MAC Tailings Management Guides

7 Excellence and Leadership AAA Integration into management decisions and business functions AA Systems/processes are developed and implemented A Procedures exist but are not fully consistent or documented; systems/processes planned and being developed B No systems in place; activities tend to be reactive; procedures may exist but they are not integrated into policies and management systems C TSM Performance Rating System 7

8 TSM and Corporate Responsibility (CR) as the primary Business Driver Developed by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) CR is a key component of business strategy… It is a straightforward equation CR builds trust Trust builds reputation Reputation drives value How does CR drive value? Performance improvement Risk management Access to capital Attract competent workforce Innovation and technology Social license 8

9 Recognizing Tailings as a Business Risk April 98 Dam failureSept 2000 spill Share Value ($/sh) Cost of lost credibility  Access to capital  Permitting and approvals hurdles  Low employee morale  Decreasing public opinion Tailings are a business risk that need to be managed  Huge potential for environmental, social and economic damage  Failures cost money. Direct cost of a major tailings dam failure > $100 Million  Overall cost to company & shareholders can be many times more than the direct costs Impacts of tailings failures may reach far beyond the cost of rehabilitating the mess  Loss of corporate credibility  Loss of access to capital  Loss of investor confidence 9

10 New Gold and TSM Developed company wide Tailings Management Policy based on TSM Implemented for all tailings facilities we operate Goal was to attain Level A or higher Ensures transparency with nearby communities Level A: –A tailings management policy and system developed and/or reviewed in consultation with COI; –An executive officer (CEO or COO) who has overall accountability to ensure that tailings are managed responsibly; –Formal annual corporate review of tailings management reported to the accountable executive officer; –Developed and implemented a tailings OMS manual for each facility. Level AA: –Internal audit or assessment of tailings management policy, system, and OMS manual. Level AAA: –External audit or assessment of tailings management policy, system, and OMS manual. 10

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