Petition: Coromandel – too precious to mine!

For a week at the beginning of this month Sylvie and I spent some time on the beaches and markets around the peninsula, what a treat! On the first day we collected signatures for Watchdog’s petition at Oamaru Bay, then headed to the Keltic Fair. Stunning weather and that classic Coromandel experience: blue sky, refreshing…

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Cuts backs are no back down

Despite reports that Newmont have cut back on exploration plans on the peninsula north of Waihi, this multinational corporation is still grasping at straws to keep a foot in the door. They hope to hold on to their current permits in areas all over the peninsula including near Whitianga, the Kauaeranga Valley and coastal paradises…

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Sun Setting on mining in Karangahake

Heritage Gold quoted a  ‘golden new dawn’ in a headline of a local newspaper this year regarding their plans to re-develop the Talisman mine, but it is actually the dimming glow of the sun setting on mining in the Coromandel. Despite having had a mining license for over 10 years in this area, Heritage do…

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Ka Nui! Enough! Conference a great success

I roadtripped to Rotorua 2 weekends ago with some friends from the Coromandel to attend the Ka Nui! Enough! Conference. It was a beautiful drive with lots of laughs and talking about the issues we face in the Coromandel and the excitement at going to meet others facing similar issues. The Ka Nui! Enough! conference…

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Ka Nui! Enough! Conference, Rotorua, 25-26 August: How To Attend, Why To Attend

In August the New Zealand mining industry is meeting in Rotorua “to celebrate New Zealand mining and the contribution this important industry makes to the future of the community through science, engineering and economic development.” So Coromandel Watchdog has teamed up with other groups around the country to host the  Ka Nui! Enough! conference at the same time. This will…

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Coromandel says NO to Newmont!

Watchdog alongside Coromandel Peninsula residents today protested outside Newmont’s office in Waihi. What a great turn out and excellent banners. An enthusiastic crowd heard from inspiring speakers, Coromandel Watchdog co-ordinator Renee Annan,  Waihi residents advocate Collette Spalding, former co-leader of the Green Party and Kauaeranga Valley resident Jeanette Fitzsimons and Member of Parliament for the…

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New Threats to the Coromandel

Coromandel Watchdog hosted 3 meetings around the peninsula last month to discuss the newest mining threats to our communities. Co-ordinator Renee Annan spoke alongside Green MP Catherine Delahunty regarding the large number of permits granted over land in the Coromandel.   There are exploration/prospecting permits granted over all of Southern Coromandel including behind Onemana, Opoutere…

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