Mining By Stealth in Coromandel Forest Park

Oceana Gold has quietly released their plan to build a 6.8km tunnel under primarily high value conservation land at Wharekirauponga, an area of dense native bush habitat, home to the world’s most endangered frog, Archey’s frogs, in the Coromandel Forest Park, above Parakiwai at Whangamata. This area of the Forest Park is highly regarded by…

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New Minerals Strategy Out – and it’s not good…

The new Government Minerals and Petroleum Strategy is ‘backward and disappointing’. It is a lost opportunity to shift the focus away from the conventional mining we currently allow – that compromises our environmnet – to the re use of minerals from electronic waste. We hoped the Government had moved away from the contradictory rhetoric of…

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Select Committee has failed the Coromandel

The Committee has,  nearly two years after receiving our petition, decided not to support the extension of Schedule 4 to include the Southern Coromandel. The extension would protect the entire Coromandel Range (and Coromandel Ecological Region) from industrial mining, where now that protection stops at State Highway 25 Kopu Hikuai Road.We are still reviewing the…

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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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