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Press Release  The Environmental Protection Authority’s hearings on a seabed mining application have “gone off the rails,” environmental groups Kiwis Against Seabed Mining and Greenpeace have told the EPA. The EPA has requested a wide range of new information from Trans Tasman Resources Ltd, the company applying to dig up 50 million tonnes of the South Taranaki Bight seabed each year [read more…]

Wednesday 10/05/17

Check out our raffle - be in to win a weekend in lovely Raglan, with all sorts of extras at local eateries and bars. Only $10 and it all goes to keeping our Seabed Mining Hearing work going (the work that never seems to end!). Oh, and please share :-)

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Saturday 29/04/17

Editorial: Extension to seabed mining hearing shows TTR has failed to prove its case ...
"And even with new information, will the authority members be able to say, hand on heart, that the life-supporting capacity of the environment will be safeguarded, and that adverse effects can be avoided, remedied or mitigated? I doubt it."

Editorial: Seabed mining application: Has anything changed? - Opinion - Wanganui Chronicle News


Friday 28/04/17

The CEO of Trans Tasman Resources, Alan Eggars, has deliberately lied to a journalist here, claiming that the blue whale evidence Dr Leigh Torres presented to the EPA had been proven wrong or was outdated. Both are incorrect - indeed, unlike his company, she actually did some real research on whales in the Bight. How can we - or the EPA - trust this man? http://www.quarryingandminingmag.co.nz/q-m/mining/ttr/

Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) is confident its second attempt at obtaining Environmental Protection Authority approval for subsea mining will be rewarded


Tuesday 25/04/17

This article does a good job of outlining our latest concerns with the EPA hearing process that we are still working through.

Seabed mining hearings process labeled 'flawed' after more info sought


Monday 24/04/17

The EPA appears to be doing everything it can to get this case over the line. We think it's gone off the rails. Listen to Phil on Morning Report. For the detail, read our press release http://bit.ly/2p7bx2C . Please share.

Mining opponents call hearings process 'biased'



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…]