How did this happen?

The mining industry, and their political stooges, are always shouting about ‘checks and balances’ to shut down our arguments. They claim that we are scaremongerers, making mischeif, stirring – a range of derogatory, dismissive things. They are quick to point out that there are a number of ‘tests’ in the Resource Management Act (RMA) that…

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First Mining Application on the Coromandel since… ?

Last week, Oceana Gold, the multinational mining company that operates the two biggest gold mines in New Zealand, applied for a Mining Licence over more than 5000 hectares of mostly Conservation land in the Southern Coromandel. This is the first permit for many, many years – maybe even since the Waihi permits. It is also…

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It’s on!

Wow. What a week. From the Govt signalling that a review of the Crown Minerals Act will get underway soon, to Minister Sage declining Oceanas bid to buy a 178 hectare farm, to Oceana putting in a mining application at Wharekirauponga! It’s all on! It is way past time to review the Crown Minersals Act…

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Checks and Balances?

So, we hear a lot from industry and our MP that there are SO many ‘checks and balances’ in the legislation that there is nothing at all to worry about. Is this true? Can we rely on those checks and balances? Lets unpack that. Checks and Balances. As a layperson, I would assume that it…

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We won Open Cast, now they’re Trying to UnderMine Us!

For years and years Coromandel Watchdog (made up of Coromandel communities) fought to save the Coromandel – all of it – from industrial mining. Throughout the 1980’s, drilling rigs rumbled in, helicopters flew in and the community mucked in to get rid of them all! And won. We won protection for the Northern Coromandel via…

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Whats to worry about?

Last November, in her Speech from the Throne, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced there would be no new mines on conservation land. Then in May 2018 it was announced that there would be public consultation on it – despite having gone ahead and effectively banned new oil everywhere – except Taranaki. The Industry immediately began…

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Consultation about mining on conservation land delayed

Coromandel Watchdog today had a call asking us for our thoughts on the delay of the consulatation on mining in the Conservation Estate. So, it has officially been delayed? We were told September, but had worked out it was late – but how late? And why? The only report on this decision that we could…

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UPDATE on KARANGAHAKE:

It was with great sadness that we read the announcement from New Talisman Gold that the Hauraki District Council has approved their ‘traffic management plan’, enabling them to, well, it’s still not too clear, but they are super happy about it. They say they are now mining,but they are very opaque about how they are…

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Select Committee

Coromandel Watchdog represent! Today presenting further evidence (and apparently explaining what Schedule 4 is) to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee – why Schedule 4 should be applied to the entire Coromandel Range, protecting the entire ecological region – and the entire Coromandel Range conservation estate from mining! The Government already committed to this,…

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