Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki

Protecting the lands, waters and communities of the Coromandel / Hauraki from the toxic gold mining industry. The environment is the economy.

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Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki

Protecting the lands, waters and communities of the Coromandel / Hauraki from the toxic gold mining industry. The environment is the economy.

Learn more about what we do here.

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Toxic heavy metal contamination to waterways from the Tui Mine near Te Aroha

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Welcome to Watchdog

Coromandel Watchdog is a grassroots organisation which has been supporting communities, community groups and individuals, working with tangata whenua, lobbying politicians and opposing mining companies in Court and on the land since 1980. We work within Te Moehau to Te Aroha – the Coromandel Range.

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We provide information and leadership in areas such as research, public education, policy advocacy, capacity building, political lobbying and direct action.

We are a group of residents, iwi, visitors and absentee ratepayers whose key objective is to protect the Coromandel/Hauraki from Te Moehau in the north to Te Aroha in the south, from the precious metal mining industry.

We oppose mining because the long term detrimental and widespread impacts of the industry would undermine the environment, culture and economy of this area.

We work for the protection of the Coromandel/Hauraki on behalf of our community, our membership, ourselves, future generations – and all the national and international visitors that come here to experience the unique and precious environments it boasts.

One of the most significant achievements of Coromandel Watchdog is the establishment of Schedule Four protection, the highest classification of land protected from mining, which now includes all Coromandel conservation lands north of the Kopu-Hikuai road. This is enshrined in the Crown Mineral’s Act. We continue to work for the rest of the Coromandel Range to be added to this protection also.