Waihi Gold Mining is “Inherently Unsustainable” – Minister

 At Last, a Government Minister Tells the Truth About Gold Mining

Oceana Gold (New Zealand) Ltd has been refused consent under the Overseas Investment Act to buy land to expand its Waihi gold mines. Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage says expansion of gold mining at Waihi is inherently unsustainable, poses potentially large environmental and economic risks should tailings reservoirs fail, will increase climate-damaging emissions, and will provide only moderate employment benefits.Read More »

Damning Report by Auditor-General of Thames-Coromandel Council’s Management of Stormwater Systems

In December 2018 the Auditor-General published a report on how Thames-Coromandel District Council (TCDC) (and two other councils) were managing their stormwater systems to reduce the risk of flooding.  While there are some recent improvements, overall, the Auditor-General was scathing of TCDC’s management of its stormwater systems. Read More »