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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!

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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).

Use of funds

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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Latest update

ELA Fund says no!  15 March 2020

Posted by: Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki

Unfortunately, we have been declined by the Environment Legal Assistance Fund - even though this will be a very important test case for Aotearoa. This is about climate, its land, it's water, it's our future!

We need you to be a part of this more than ever! Thank you so much to those who have already given, please keep sharing, email your friends, so that we can take this case - and hold this Government to account!

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  • Shirley

    Shirley 1 day ago


    Still have to fight the good fight despite evil viruses, there are evil compAnies too


  • Catherine

    Catherine 3 days ago


    Lets keep it moving past $3000.00


  • Hemi

    Hemi on 21 Mar 2020



  • Niva & Yotam

    Niva & Yotam on 21 Mar 2020


    Stop Coromandel mining!


  • Maggie

    Maggie on 20 Mar 2020


    Still, always supportive of your efforts to preserve the Coromandel environment and keep it as pristine as possible, on land and sea. Thanks for all you do.


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