A gold mine near Paeroa has been blocked off by protesters.
New Talisman Gold Mines announced last week that a significant gold vein in Mt Karangahake had been identified and it hoped to reopen the historic mine into full production.
Gold (file picture).
However, 30 community members blocked access to the mine today.
"No amount of gold is worth compromising the popular conservation park and [we] vow to do all we can protect it," Protect Karangahake said in a statement.
"Our local economy is growing thanks to the popularity of this conservation land and mining threatens that."
One police unit is at the site monitoring the protest, police have confirmed.
According to its website "responsible, environmentally sustainable mineral exploration and profitable development is a strong focus of the company".