Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki files judicial review over OceanaGold farm purchase decision
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Posted February 05, 2020
Brian Gentil spoke to Catherine Delahunty, former Green MP and current Chairperson of Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki to find out why they are seeking a judicial review of Minister David Parker and Grant Robertson’s decision to allow OceanaGold to buy two farms near Waihi for a new tailings impoundment.
Initially Eugenie Sage the Minister of Conservation and Land Information turned down the application to purchase the farms because she was concerned productive farm land being turned into a tailings impoundment was not a long term benefit.
OceanaGold sought a Judicial review and reapplied to purchase the farms which was approved by Ministers Parker and Robinson.
Brian asked Catherine why she describes the area as a toxic waste dump. She explained why she doesn’t believe calling the proposed area an embankment is a valid description for something that is waste from gold mining. “We believe we should be mining minerals out of our electronic waste,” she said.
Catherine and Brian discussed the issues Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki are raising, including the redundancies currently happening in Waihi. The lack of information about what is actually happening regarding redundancies and the full number is concerning.
Questions are being raised about “what is Quattro? Is it an open cast pit? Is it an underground proposal?”
Catherine said their plan this election year is to remind the government about their promise to ban mining on conservation land. “We’re not finished yet with our challenge to government on many levels and nor are we finished yet with our challenge to OceanaGold.”
To hear the full interview with Catherine Delahunty - click play on our podcast link.