• Brief History

    In 1985 Fulton Hogan had plans to mine the centre of the Blackhead headland site to 50 metres below sea level and then blast an opening into the ocean creating a safe boat harbour. Destroying the headland completely.
    The Friends of Blackhead achieved with negotiations with the Department of Conservation and Fulton Hogan the placement of a Covenant over an area of the headland in 1991 to stop the quarry spill destroying the rare basalt rock formations, the Roman Baths and Dock.

    A condition of the covenant was that the rubble covering the rock formations was cleared away, and further spill be redirected away from the protected covenant areas. After 18 years, this has not been carried out.

    To ensure the covenant conditions are fulfilled a public campaign has been launched to rally support through the reformation of the Friends of Blackhead, and to negotiate again with Blackhead Quarries and DOC to restore the headland treasures for the public to once again enjoy.

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Possible Future


A – is from a photo taken in the early 1980’s – photo courtesy of Lloyd Godman, the red line above the headland traces the natural landfall outline.

The coloured arrows point to the same rock formations in all four visions. These photos are taken on slightly different angles, but still illustrate the picture.

B – is the headland in February 2009.

C –  A probable visual outcome of how the covenant can be preserved and mining can continue in the predicted volumes as close to the original intention as possible.

D – If it wasn’t for the groupFriends of Blackhead we may very well have ended up with this ‘artists vision‘ near the end of this century.  Note the 10metre high breakwater for the boat harbour as was planned in 1985.

This would have seen the disappearance of Blackhead headland altogether!  No more sheltered surfing there in the nor-easter.


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