Extensive mining activity is due to start in the beautiful bush clad hills behind the iconic Karangahake Rail Trail.
New Talisman Gold Mines received an “Authority to Enter and Operate” from the Department of Conservation in August this year and – combined with their resource consent from Hauraki District Council – means it can begin its bulk sampling and trial mining program; mining around 600 tonnes of ore a month.
New Zealand is beautiful – will we be able to keep it this way?
We have heard news about fracking in Whatatutu (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QHDsjhf8fE), deep water drilling around New Zealand (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11230725), mining in the Denniston Plateau (http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/campaigns/save-the-denniston-ours-not-mine) and now mining in the Karangahake Gorge (http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1409/S00219/shock-as-company-gets-go-ahead-in-the-karangahake-gorge.htm).
All this while most of New Zealands rivers are already polluted (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10841013).
It would appear that the clean green image has gone quite some time ago. Can we afford doing this? Is it worth it? And who is benefiting amongst all those suffering?