Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki acts as a net, building and supporting community groups to oppose gold mining in their areas from Te Moehau to Te Aroha.
We supply support, resources and information to community groups wanting to raise awareness, pressure politicians, run events, do non violent direct action, run court cases and build campaigning skills.
You can find the contact details of the different community groups here.
We also do the important work of advocating for sensible laws and regulations for the mining industry.
From creating Schedule 4, to helping write the RMA and opposing recent changes to CMA, we remain dedicated to the right of local communities to protect their local environment from exploitative industries.
Through the recent Waikato Regional Policy Statement we were able to get the allowance for areas within the region to be classed as inappropriate for mining. This, plus the work of previous court cases, means we are now able to advocate for widespread and sensible protections throughout the peninsula in the Thames-Coromandel District Plan process. You can read more about the process we are currently going through here.
We also provide information and presentations for schools and tertiary education centres wanting to learn more about the issues and history of gold mining.
We also understand that keeping the community and culture of Watchdog strong is essential for long term success, and host regular community events (concerts, quiz nights and feasts) to bring people together and raise funds.