Protest group sets up pop up camp at mine site
Protect Karangahake community group members have breached the gate and are attempting to set up camp to halt mining in the Mount Karangahake conservation estate during conservation week.
Protect Karangahake is staging an occupation on a portion of the public road that was closed by DOC at the behest of gold mining company New Talisman Gold Mines.
Spokesperson Duncan Shearer says “We are here today to make a stand for the conservation estate and to highlight the huge contradiction in government policy that allows destructive industrialisation of land that is set aside for conservation purposes. If that means we are arrested then we hope it raises awareness of this issue. We want the Ministers of the Environment and Conservation to honour their pre-election pledges that would see this land protected under schedule 4.”
“We are also appealing to New Zealand First to see the threat we face as our community benefits from the tourism generated by this beautiful place and all those local incomes that will be put at risk by a mining company that will do little for our local economy”
Protect Karangahake member Holly Dove says “The issue at stake is too important to leave to back room deals by politicians, this land has been set aside for everyone to enjoy, to protect important species, a place for quiet contemplation and amazing bush walks - stop the gold mining - it has no place here now.”