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Seabed mining company Trans Tasman Resources has now applied to the EPA to mine 50 million tonnes a year for 20 years in 66sqkm of the seabed in the South Taranaki Bight.  The EPA has looked at the application, declared it complete, and has now notified it to the public. We have until 14 October to get as many people [read more…]

Today at 1:13am

Judging by last night ... we can tell you that the people of Opunake oppose TTR's seabed mining proposal in South Taranaki.
Thank you to the Ocean Lovers who turned up to get informed and inspired. Awesome Korero!
Look forward to Hawera Meeting tonight at 7pm upstairs at the Ngati Ruanui Building in town.

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Tuesday 27/09/16

More on this to come in the next few days....

"Release full seabed mining application, opponents demand"
Opponents of a proposed seabed mining operation in Taranaki are demanding the release of blacked out pages in its resource consents application.



Sunday 25/09/16

KASM Public Meetings in Taranaki this week.
We've stopped them before we can stop them again!
Come along to hear about what's happening and how you can help protect the ocean from destructive seabed mining.

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Friday 23/09/16

Something very beautiful for you all: a pygmy blue whale feeding her calf in the South Taranaki Bight. But wait! Isn't that where they want to dig up millions of tonnes of the seabed every year for 20 years? Yup. Grrr. Make your voice heard, stop seabed mining! http://kasm.org.nz/submission

Baby Blue Whale Nursing (Exclusive Drone Footage)


Thursday 22/09/16

We stopped them before, and we can do it again. All the ways you can stop seabed mining - there are so many! First up, make a submission... it's really really easy http://kasm.org.nz/submission. Next: share this post. There's leaflets here to download and spread around town.

How you can help us stop seabed mining



Banners on the Beach – Say “No” To Deep See Oil

Saturday, 23/11/2013, 12 noon

New Zealand


The Oil Free Seas flotilla is out at the drill site off the coast of Raglan taking a stand against risky exploratory deep sea oil drilling. We can’t leave them to confront Texan oil giant Anadarko alone!

And that’s where YOU come in. This is something that affects us all – so we need to stand together and draw a line in the sand to say “Stop Deep Sea Oil” so loudly that they’ll hear us in Texas!





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KASM in the News
  • Waikato Times | 27/01/2015

    Sand ‘masterpieces’ mark Raglan victory They were a small core group of New Zealanders that took a stand against a large mining company and won, and for their efforts they put on a celebration that incorporated the sea, the sand and the people. Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) held its inaugural sand sculpture competition on Kopua beach in Raglan yesterday [read more…]

  • Scoop | 15/12/2014

    Anti-seabed mining campaigners and a South Taranaki iwi say a decision to finally scuttle a massive ironsand mining operation is a “victory for common sense”. Last week, Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) dropped its attempt to reverse the Environmental Protection Authority’s decision to decline consent to extract 50 million tonnes of sediment per year, across 65.76 square kilometres. Te Runanga Ngati Ruanui [read more…]

  • Scoop | 18/06/2014

    Slap Down to Seabed Mining proposal “Victory for common sense” – KASM The EPA’s decision to decline a proposal to mine black sand from the seabed of the South Taranaki Bight was heralded today by New Zealand’s only NGO focusing solely on the issue, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining. “This decision is a victory for common sense and environmental protection, for [read more…]

  • The Independent | 20/05/2014

       Strip mining and vacuum mining   The last great unexplored wilderness on Earth is about to experience industrial-scale mining that could change the face of the pristine seabed of the deep ocean for generations to come, scientists have warned. Access to the mineral deposits and rare-earth metals that are known to exist on the sea bed has never been [read more…]