• 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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Roman Baths and Dock

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2 Responses

  1. I’m saddened to see what it might look like in years to come. However, if so many are really serious about the roman baths, why don’t they actually restore them by throwing the loose rockfall into the ocean and making the baths the depth they used to be beforre quarrying sent some into the baths.

  2. I completely agree with you, this will be a big part of the Friends of Blackhead mission.
    I still have to get a good working party together to launch a campaign, so far three hands are up including myself.

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