About Us

Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki is an incorporated society, founded in 1980, that acts as an umbrella group the anti-mining movement across the Coromandel/Hauraki. Providing information and leadership in areas such as research, public education, policy advocacy, capacity building, political lobbying and direct action.

We are a group of residents, iwi, visitors and absentee ratepayers whose key objective is to protect the Coromandel/Hauraki from Te Moehau in the north to Te Aroha in the south, from the precious metal mining industry. We oppose mining because we understand that the long term detrimental, and widespread impacts of the industry would undermine the environment, culture and economy of this area.

Our boundaries are informed by the view of some local iwi and hapu that the peninsula is a great waka (canoe). Its stern at Moehau, its bow at Te Aroha and the many rivers that flow from the mountains to the sea are its ribs.

We work for the protection of the Coromandel/Hauraki on behalf of our current membership, for the future generations and all the national and international visitors that come here to experience the unique and precious environments it boasts.

We have a long and proud history of passionate and dedicated work to prevent mining returning to the Te Waka o Hauraki. Our campaigns have been well documented by national and international media and Te Papa Museum holds a collection of our campaign posters over the years.

One landmark legislative change Watchdog has achieved was Schedule Four protection of all Coromandel conservation lands north of the Kopu-Hikuai road in the enactment of the Crown Mineral’s Act.

We see all peaceful means of participating as equally important. Valuing the people who are looking after the children or baking scones, as much as the media spokesperson or the activist lying down in front of a truck.