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By Phil McCabe.     It’s been a while since my last update – after a very intense few months of hearings on the Trans Tasman Resources application to mine 50 million tonnes of seabed a year off the coast of Patea in South Taranaki. The hearing was supposed to finish at the end of March and then got extended to [read more…]

Thursday 22/06/17

Ever wondered what's going on in the seabed mining space internationally?
This is one of the better articles we've seen describing the slow motion oceanic train wreck that's approaching.

Why are countries laying claim to the deep-sea floor? - BBC News


Thursday 22/06/17

We were in Wellington today speaking to MP's about our call for a Moratorium on Seabed Mining until we have better science and engage in a meaningful national discussion on the issue.
Here's a good clip from Maori Television.

Seabed mining petition goes to select committee


Thursday 22/06/17

Phil McCabe and our lawyer Duncan Currie are in Wellington today, about to speak to the Parliamentary Select Committee for Local Government and Environment about our 6000-signature petition for a moratorium on seabed mining. Here's his latest blog.

A moratorium on seabed mining is the only way forward


Wednesday 21/06/17

In Wellington to speak to a parliamentary select committee tomorrow about the need for a moratorium on seabed mining in NZ.
Was a privilege today to see the award winning South Taranaki Reef Life Project share their work with another select committee today.
An inspiring collaboration between recreational divers, high school students, marine scientists and community members studying a reef near the proposed seabed mining site off the coast of Patea and documenting the incredibly diverse life that exists there.
It's a successful and replicable model that has loads of benefits including helping us to understand the true value of our marine environment.
Congratulations Team and let's roll this out nationwide!

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Friday 16/06/17

It's not just us - the blue whales in the South Taranaki Bight are also waiting for the EPA to decide whether their future will include dealing with seabed mining. The EPA has now delayed the decision another month: D Day is 27 July. (credit: Oregon State University)

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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…]