Protect Karangahake

Organisation page created in the Environment category

Help a small community group to protect one of New Zealand's top recreational playgrounds from exploitation by gold-mining.

Main image

  Unspecified Awareness Conservation Sustainability

Consents have been issued for New Talisman Gold Mines to undertake mining related activities in the Karangahake area by Waikato Regional Council, Hauraki District Council and the Department of Conservation. No consents were notified and approvals were issued without community consultation.

Ultimately we want to extend Schedule Four to this area to ensure that Karangahake stays mine-free forever.

We are the group 'Protect Karangahake Inc', set up in response to the consents granted by the Hauraki District Council and Department of Conservation for mining activities to take place on Karangahake Mountain. For more info please go to our website

More about us

Challenging the non-notified approval granted to New Talisman Gold Mines for mining activities to take place on Department of Conversation Land with in the Karangahake Mountain and Gorge.

Supporting the extension of Schedule Four to ensure no mining can resume in this area.

Latest update

Update image

Not even a 3-tonne boulder could stop us!  7 September 2017

Posted by: Protect Karangahake

Our Rally for the Mountain on Saturday September 2nd was split in two, when a boulder smashed into SH2, closing the Gorge and separating rally-goers. About 150 people gathered at the Waikino Hall, and another 150 at the Karangahake Hall.

We were amazed to have so many people show up, despite extreme circumstances, and SO many people getting turned away because of the rain and the Gorge closure.

We had people turning up from Whakatane, Gisborne, Tauranga, and all over the Coromandel to show support for our mountain.

We’ve had so much good feedback, with people feeling inspired and moved.

On the Paeroa side of the Gorge, more than 150 people gathered on a footbridge crossing the main highway, holding banners. The gathering included karakia from local iwi representatives and guest speakers Green MP Catherine Delahunty and Green candidate for the Coromandel Scott Summerfield.

MP Catherine Delahunty said she was impressed by the turnout.

“This group represents an even greater number all across New Zealand who want conservation land protected.”

“The fact that Karangahake, a sacred maunga lying deep in the heart of conservation land, is being opened up for mining is shocking and wrong.

“It’s wonderful to see how many people were willing to turn up in the pouring rain to support this event, and we know there are thousands standing behind them who want to see the integrity of conservation land restored.”

On the Waihi side of the Gorge, the second camp of rally-goers gathered in the Waikino Hall, and were treated to live music performance, food, coffee and speakers.

We rounded off the day with a concert The Refinery, showcasing live art performance, film and music.

Artist Dawn Tuffery made this awesome image, which captured the day beautifully!

Read 1 more update  |  Share this update

Latest donations

Rhonda on 24 Jun 2020
Thank you
Ron Hall
Ron Hall on 06 Mar 2019
Jessica Fleming
Jessica Fleming on 05 Mar 2019
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 26 Oct 2018
Fantastic job, keep up the protests! I live in Australia now but have strong family history with Waihi Beach and the Karangahake Gorge. I can’t believe Govt is allowing this!
p volker
p volker on 23 Sep 2018
Happy to support you in keeping conservation land free from mining operations

Who's involved?

Protect Karangahake's avatar
Created by, and paying to a verified bank account of, Protect Karangahake (Charity)

Page Moderated The page has been checked by our team to make sure it complies with our terms and conditions.


You can start a fundraiser to have your own page that raises money directly for the beneficiary.


Got a question for the page owner?

Ask one here

Want to display a QR code that links to this page?

Grab a QR Code

Any concerns?

Report this page
Share a link to this page to help spread the word





  Copy Link


  QR Code