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Protesters hope to protect the Archey's frog which lives on the conservation land.

Protesters arrested at Coromandel mining demonstration

Twelve protesters had been occupying a mining site in Karangahake.

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Outrage at plans to mine under Waihi homes

Martha Mine could be headed under another 40 homes.

The High Court overturned Trans-Tasman Resources' application to mine iron sands from the South Taranaki seabed in August.

Trans-Tasman Resources mulls High Court appeal over Taranaki seabed mining

The High Court overturned its application to mine iron sands from the seabed.

The gold encrusted rocks.

Miners in Australia unearth huge gold encrusted rocks

RNG Minerals said it extracted gold worth $18 million.

Waihi gold mine, operated by OceanaGold.

Miners to strike over pay, long hours

The 48-hour strike could be the first of many by OceanaGold employees.

The High Court has overturned an application to mine ironsands from the South Taranaki seabed.

High Court throws out Taranaki seabed mining application

Opponents are calling it a "huge win for the oceans".

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Exclusive: The forgotten note inside Pike River to the deceased

It promises to return one day for the bodies.

Bernie Monk and Newshub's Patrick Gower at the sealed wall at Pike River mine.

Exclusive: Bernie Monk and Patrick Gower's emotional journey into Pike River

"It's that wall that’s stopping us from re-entering... I just want to tear it down myself."

Mining company OceanaGold has two drill rigs exploring the area.

Coromandel locals rally to protect endangered frogs from gold mining

Mining company OceanaGold has two drill rigs exploring the area.

The Pike River mine explosion killed 29 people in 2010.

Pike River Mine re-entry death statement already prepared

It includes "thoughts and prayers" for the family of the would-be deceased.

The price-tag could be up to $12 million more than budgeted.

Little signs off on re-entry plans

"Recovery of the mine drift is technically feasible and the risks of harm can be managed and minimised."

The Earth - full of diamonds.

This part of the Earth has just been found to have massive diamond cache

A quadrillion tonnes of diamonds have been found.

Pike River mine boss Peter Whittall could face manslaughter charges, says a leading lawyer.

Pike River boss could face manslaughter charges - top lawyer

New evidence inside the mine could spark a prosecution, Nigel Hampton QC says.

Pike River Minister Andrew Little says re-entry into the mine by the end of the year is likely.

Pike River re-entry 'by the end of this year' - Little

The minister says it's now just a question of working out the details.

Simon Bridges.

Not all conservation land is worth protecting - Bridges

He says much of the country's conservation land is just "scrubland" and could be mined not just for resources, but jobs.

Police are preparing to re-open the investigation into the Pike River mine disaster.

Exclusive: Police prepare to re-open Pike River investigation

A commissioner and top investigator have briefed the families - and won't rule out charges.

Proposed West Coast mine

Application to mine on conservation land declined

The Government said any economic benefit would not outweigh ecological damage.

Pike River.

Pike River mine re-entry by year's end - Monk

A meeting held in Greymouth on Thursday came up with three re-entry options.

Minamitorishima Island from above.

'Semi-infinite' source of rare metals found near Japan

The material is used in smartphones, hybrid-vehicle batteries and military technology.

29 were killed in the 2010 disaster.

Pike River footage must be made public - families

Footage reportedly exists of an intact body, and the families of the victims are demanding action.