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The Govt has let a mining company buy NZ farmland to build a toxic dump! Gold mining and its toxic ways are our history, not our future!Waikato
Our Government recently made a decision to allow Oceana Gold to buy 170+ha of farmland - with significant natural areas on it - to build another toxic tailings dump.
This application was initially declined by Minister from Lands, but the company reapplied and have now been granted it.
We believe that this action is in bad faith.
The Minister had solid and reasonable grounds for declining such an application - the loss of arable land to New Zealand indefinitely, the legacy of toxic material that we would be left with for future generations, and she also questioned how such a proposal would impact our climate, and how such a proposal should be considered under the new Carbon Zero Act.
If a tailings dump is built here, the land will be contaminated forever. Not only that, but it would enable Oceana to expand their mine, not only in Waihi but also into conservation and coastal areas on southern Hauraki, and even north of the Kopu HIkuai Coromandel Peninsula protection line!
The decision to approve the land purchase must be reviewed by the Courts - it is certainly not a good decision for a sustainable future.
This will be expensive, and we need you to get on board with us! We have a great lawyer, who is already being very generous with his time, and we are applying for funding; however, we will need you too!
Please, donate what you can, and share this page widely. All monies given here will go straight to this campaign (you can also donate to Watchdog in general, on our other Give a Little page or via our website).
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All funds from this page will go toward the Judicial Review, paying our lawyer, engaging experts and filing fees.
Any extra funds will support our work on the Crown Minerals Act review 2020, also vital in protecting our area from mining!
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Massive thanks to all who have given either via this page or direct to our bank account - your support has meant that we are now just a week away from bringing our case to the High Court in Wellington!
We have engaged some experts - who are brilliant. and mostly giving their time. We have great lawyers, who are working so hard for us - for a hugely discounted rate. And we have a solid team, who are beavering away, trying to raise the money we need (not easy over lockdown!) and getting any further info that the lawyers need.
If you have a minute, please share our page again, and ask your friends to jump on board and support us! This is such an important case!
Best from the Coromandel Watchdog Team!
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This page was created on 9 Feb 2020 and closes on 9 Feb 2022.