Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki is an incorporated society. Founded in 1980 we are an umbrella group for all the anti-mining groups in communities across the across the Hauraki Coromandel. We provide information and support with research, public education, policy advocacy, capacity building, political lobbying and direct action, as needed by our communities.
Our executive committee is comprised of residents, iwi and absentee ratepayers who share the belief that the Hauraki Coromandel, from Te Moehau in the north to Te Aroha in the south, is too precious to mine. The impacts of the industry would undermine the environment, culture and economy of this unique and speicla corner of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The geographic area that we work within is informed by the view of some local iwi and hapu that the peninsula is a great waka (canoe). Its stern at Moehau, its bow at Te Aroha and the many rivers that flow from the mountains to the sea are its ribs.
We work for the protection of the Hauraki Coromandel on behalf of our membership and communities and for the many special and unique species that live in our area and for future generations.
We have a long and proud history of passionate and dedicated work to prevent mining returning to the Te Waka o Hauraki. Our campaigns have been well documented by national and international media and Te Papa Museum holds a collection of our campaign posters over the years.
The previous campaign to save the Coromandel from mining, saw CWoH acheieve a landmark legislative change – the development of Schedule Four in the Crown Minerals Act. A classification that provides for protection of all Coromandel conservation lands north of the Kopu-Hikuai road. We continue to campaign to have this line moved to include all of the Coromandel ecological area – the whole range.
As an organisation, we have a wide and varied range of people who are on the executive committee, or who support from afar, or who contribute in a range of different ways; we see all peaceful means of participating as equally important. Valuing the people who are looking after the children or baking scones, as much as the media spokesperson or the activist lying down in front of a truck. We are our community.