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 early 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.

Weed busting on the mountain

IMG_1913.JPGEvery second Sunday of the month we’re making a difference to the ecosystems on Karangahake Mountain. A dedicated team turn up each month at 9am at the main carpark, equipped with grubbers, gloves, spades and lopers to make a dent in the invasive weeds that clog the Scotsman’s Gully track. We are making head way – slowly clearing and maintaining the path that leads up from the main area over the big swing bridge, up beside Scotsman’s Stream to join the road leading to the mine.

We need your help, your strong right (or left) arms to help clearing weeds and allowing the natural bush to regenerate and bring back the native insects and birds that have been decimated in the gorge.

Next Weed Busting Day: Sunday 8th July, 9am at the the Karangahake carpark.