Thank you to everyone who came last Sunday and made it such a beautiful event.

For those who didn’t make it you can check out our album on Facebook for a glimpse of the magic.

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:

In the first 24 hours we got over 200 signatures!

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.

We have protested, we have hikoi’d, we have petitioned, blockaded, held public meetings, and lobbied politicians.

During this time both the Labour and the Green parties have included the extension of Schedule 4 down to Te Aroha in their conservation policies.

Their support was confirmed on Parliament steps last August when Watchdog’s petition asking for the extension of Schedule 4, was received by a group of politicians including the now Minister of Conservation and Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage and David Parker.

Almost eight months have past since they have taken office and we co-launched the open letter alongside Coromandel Watchdog, urging the Ministers to follow through on that promise promptly.

Adding land to Schedule 4 is a gazetting process and we don’t want it to get caught up in the debate about mining on conservation land nationwide in September (but we will certainly be a part of that too!).

Please sign and share the open letter now so we can get a record number of signatures in the first week and make this number 1 on our Ministers to do list.

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