Conservationists arrested on Conservation land at Karangahake

Local people from Karangahake and other parts of the Hauraki/Coromandel challenged miners from the 2018 AusIMM (Australia Institute of Metallurgy and Mining) NZ Branch Annual Conference who went to Karangahake to promote gold mining in the area – including on Department of Conservation land. Locals and visitors peacefully protested at the New Talisman mine site…

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Rally For Conservation Land

We are having a Rally for Conservation on Saturday 25th, meeting 10.30am at the Parakiwai Quarry Road DOC carpark. Bring a picnic, bring a sign, bring a friend! In Sept the Government is going to be consulting with the public about whether or not we should havbe mining on our Conservation land. Obviously we shouldn’t…

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Public Meeting ~ Whangamata Tuesday 14/08/2018

We are hosting a public meeting on Tuesday 14th Aug, from 7pm at the Whangamata Hall Supper Room. As many of you may know, Oceana Gold are drilling in the Wharekirauponga/Parakiwai Area. They are agressively exploring for gold, clearing bush, setting up camps etc. They have helicoptered in all their gear. They have an access…

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OIA Shows Mining Company A Risk to Rare Frogs

An Official Information Act request by Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki shows that Oceana Gold have been trying to put more rare Archey’s frogs at risk on Department of Conservation land in the southern Coromandel. The OIA shows that Oceana Gold had approached the Department of Conservation to propose a variation to their Access Arrangement that…

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Schedule 4 Campaign – where its at:

IN August 2017 Coromandel Watchdog and supporters from Protect Karangahake travelled to Wellington to present a petition calling for the extension of the Schedule 4 -protection against mining to be extended to include all of the Coromandel Ecological Area. We were very pleased when both Labour and the Green Party (Catherine D presented the Bill…

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Offshore Exploration at Waihi Beach

Recently an exploration permit was granted over an area of more than 12000 hectares approximately 2 kilometres off Waihi Beach. The company who hold the permit, CASS Offshore Minerals, also have a permit for seabed exploration in the Taranaki area – inside the Marine Mammal Sanctuary that protect the Mauis dolphin! The list of minerals…

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Permits Extended

Several exploration permits within the Coromandel have recently had area extensions granted. The extensive permit held at Broken Hills has had a significant area added, and permits at both Whenuakite and Kuaotunu (respectively on either side of Whitianga, one of the most popular destinations on the Peninsula) have also had new area added – some…

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Spies and Government need to Apologise to Our Community

The environmental group Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki is furious that emails reveal spy firm Thompson and Clark were trying to use their relationships with MBIE officials to contact mining companies in the Hauraki region. “It is clear that Thompson and Clark wanted work spying on our community and that their relationship with MBIE officials included…

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Oceana Gold Continue to Undermine Waihi

MEDIA RELEASE 28/03/2018 The environmental group Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki today expressed concern and disappointment at the announcement by Oceana Gold that they are applying for a consent to keep mining under the town and homes of Waihi. “This latest proposal from Oceana Gold is light on detail, but sounds like another ten years of…

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Oceana Gold’s Unwelcome Party

Monday 2nd November was Oceana’s first day in office after buying out Newmont’s extensive mining permits in the Coromandel/ Hauraki area. We sent a delegation to ‘unwelcome’ them, recommend that they take up recycling e-waste instead and warn them we will fiercly oppose any attempts to extend their activities up the peninsula. You can help…

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