September 12, 2016
Kaumatua lead charge on mining site
A Northland anti-mining activist says a weekend protest set the record straight on Maori feelings about gold mining in the area.
The protest was called by kuia and kaumatua of Ngati Hau, who led about 200 people on to Evolution Mining's drill site on the slopes of Puhipuhi mountain north of Whangarei.
The hapu fears mining for gold will release large amounts of mercury into waterways and aquifers in the area.
Tim Howard from MineWatch Northland says the company told investors in Australia it is working closely with tangata whenua.
"The significance of this strong show of solidarity is we are putting the truth to that lie and showing clearly that they don't have the endorsement of Ngatui Hau, they don't have the endorsement of the hapu of Tai Tokerau and they they don't have the endorsement of the communities there," he says.
Tim Howard says Evolution could up sticks if it comes under pressure from its shareholders, who include some of the major Austrslian banks.
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