Conservation land under threat in Karangahake

New Talisman Gold Mines has consent to start mining activities on conservation land in the Karangahake area

The Karangahake Gorge is listed as one of the top 14 tourist attractions by Tourism New Zealand and for good reason. The area boasts multitudes of walking tracks, swimming holes, running and riding trails and rock climbing amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Karangahake Mountain. It is the perfect spot for adventure or just a relaxing day out at one of the many picnic spots.
In 2014, New Talisman Gold Mines were granted a non-notified resource consent to bulk sample 20,000 cubic metres of ore per year from Mount Karangahake over a 2 year period.   In June 2017 they started prospecting and site preparation activities, and they plan to begin the bulk sampling phase in 2018.  New Talisman’s stated aim is to take this historical mine back into full production – but this community has other ideas.  Check out our blog posts, follow us on Facebook, or join up to get involved and receive regular email updates about what we are doing to stop the mining.
Don’t let this priceless conservation land be ruined for other people’s gold.
Experiences in places like this make life awesome – mining not so much.

Open Letter: Honour the Commitment to Protect Coromandel Conservation Land from Mining

The open letter calling for Labour and the Greens to follow through on their commitment to extend Schedule 4, which we launched on Sunday, is now live and you can sign it here:


Please help maximise it’s impact by taking the time to sign it and share it with you’re friends.

For the last four years one of our goals has been to have the Karangahake Gorge included in Schedule 4, which would provide extra protection from mining.

Love our Mountain day

Saturday 15th September, 9.30am to mid afternoon.
Meet at the Karangahake carpark, by the swing bridge.

It’s the start of conservation week and we want to take part, championing the amazing landscapes in our back yard that help define us as a nation. We also want to highlight the huge contradiction that allows destructive gold mining in the heart of the conservation estate.
Come along and help hold a banner, tell our stories to visitors to the Karangahake gorge or collect signatures for our letter to the Minister’s of Conservation and the Environment. We’re holding this event to show our love for the Mountain and to highlight our position that mining on conservation land is not acceptable.
More information about conservation week: