8 Jul 2013

Coromandel mining site protest ends

2:01 pm on 8 July 2013

Activists camping on a Coromandel goldmining rig site have ended their protest after they forced drilling to stop for more than 30 hours.

About a dozen protesters camped overnight on Saturday on the rig, which stopped drilling for safety reasons when the activists climbed on top.

Protest co-ordinator Renee Annan says about 30 more Coromandel residents turned up at the Newmont Gold site on Sunday to join the peaceful demonstration.

Ms Annan says security guards arrived on Sunday afternoon and the protesters decided to leave voluntarily, having achieved their aim of stopping drilling for at least 30 hours.

She says they're planning similar protests in the near future.

Ms Annan says the land is not protected by schedule 4 conservation status but should be.