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Greens back gold mine protest

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/06/2017

© Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images The Greens say they support a protest at a mining company drill site on public conservation land at Karangahake.

Auckland-based New Talisman Gold Mines is developing the historic Talisman Mine in the Hauraki Gold Field between the towns of Paeroa and Waihi.

The Talisman mine is the second largest historic gold producer in New Zealand with production of one million oz of gold and 3 million oz of silver.

A protest was planned for 1pm on Sunday.

Protesters have previously locked a gate at the site and linked arms to obstruct vehicles.

Greens MP Catherine Delahunty says Karangahake is a much-loved forested area for walking and cycling.

"It should not be mined," she said.

The "bulk sampling" the company has permission to do is "mining by stealth", she says.

"We support the peaceful actions of local people and the Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki to stop the drilling and bulk sampling on public conservation land," said Ms Delahunty.

Karangahake is not protected by Schedule Four of the Crown Minerals Act. DOC land further north on the Coromandel is protected.

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