Our No Mining Big Day Out

On Sunday November 6 a small team of Watchdog people and some tangata whenua travelled up to Manukau to protest outside the Labour Governments AGM and Conference. We had arranged to meet Forest and Bird and Greenpeace outside the venue. We parked up amidst hundreds of cars despite being questioned by security. They only got…

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Labour Kills Green Members Bill on Mining

Prime Minister Arden holding ours not mines sign during 2010 march up queen street against mining conservation land

Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki are furious that Labour have announced they will not support Green Member Eugenie Sage’s Private Members Bill: “Crown Minerals( Prohibition of Mining ) Amendment”, saying the Bill would have advanced Labour’s own mining policy.  It’s ridiculous that Labour wouldn’t allow the Bill to even go to a Select Committee for public…

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Successful Petition Presentation!

Shows Catherine and Eugenie Sage and others and part of Coromandel No Mining banner on Parliaments steps

Thank you to everyone who made this happen! We had a successful journey to Pōneke Wellington to deliver our petition asking the Government to place an immediate moratorium on accepting any applications for and any further processing or granting of, any prospecting, exploration or mining permits on, in or under public conservation land in Aotearoa…

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No Mining on DOC Land Bill Pulled from Ballot

A beautiful native bush walking track, at Wharekirauponga

Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki today congratulated Green MP Eugenie Sage for her Bill, the Crown Minerals (Prohibition of Mining), being selected from the Parliamentary ballot. The Government should adopt the Bill and honour that promise to protect conservation land from mining. Watchdog has been waiting for the Crown to honour their no mining promise on…

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Miners Claims on Wharekirauponga Conservation Land Inaccurate

The comments made by a mining industry representative on RNZ last week promoting Oceana Gold‘s proposal to mine conservation land at Wharekirauponga were inaccurate and disrespectful of local efforts to control pests. Patrick Phelps, a representative of the West Coast Minerals Forum speaking for  Oceana, said  mining should be allowed to occur in this nationally…

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Talisman/Puketui Update:

We were very happy to hear that New Talisman, the Australian miner that has permits to mine DOC land at Mt Karanagahake has terminated the agreement they had to purchase the ‘Broken Hills’ hobby mine at Puketui, near Hikuai. The company has had all sorts of internal woes, with their CE getting pushed out by…

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