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.

Mountain Glow


Mid-winter is here, Matariki is rising and we are inviting you to celebrate and empower our campaign to protect Mt Karangahake from gold mining.

Join us on Sunday 1st July

  • 3pm – Gather at the newly opened Karangahake Hall, 12 Crown Hill Road, for a fun family-friendly crafternoon of lantern making, face painting and music
  • 4.30pm – We’ll set off on a candlelit walk with our lanterns to reclaim the mountain (weather permitting)
  • 6pm – Return to the hall for tasty soup and chai

We’ll bring the craft supplies and snacks, you bring your family and friends!

RSVP and share the Facebook event with your friends – CLICK HERE

In the election lead up we got commitment from both the Greens and Labour that Schedule 4 would be extended down to Te Aroha, including our beloved Mt Karangahake.

What we need now is follow through on their promise.

Mt Karanagahake calls: Join us on Sunday 1st July to set our campaign alight once again! And to learn more about what New Talisman Gold Mines and the Government are up to, and what we are planning.

If you can’t make the event, please feel free to get in touch with others ways you’d like to support us.