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From Phil McCabe at the hearings in Wellington   First up, I want to say a heartfelt Thank You! It’s Sunday night and I’m on a plane back to Wellington for the second week of the month-long hearing of the seabed mining application by Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) to mine 65sqkm, off the coast of Patea in South Taranaki. The [read more…]

Thursday 23/02/17

"We already see blue whales out there that look skinny to us - you can see their backbones" says Dr Leigh Torres, giving evidence for KASM. This story talks of her concerns at effect of noise on whales from both seismic testing AND seabed mining. And also features Prof Liz Slooten talking about noise and impacts on whales and dolphin.

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Wednesday 22/02/17

For those of you on twitter, follow us - we are tweeting from the seabed mining hearing - here's our latest tweet on the blue penguins https://twitter.com/KASM_NZ/status/834182502562484225

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Tuesday 21/02/17

WOW! BREAKING: Marine scientist Leigh Torres has been doing field research on blue whales in the South Taranaki Bight. She got off the boat yesterday and is now giving expert evidence for KASM and Greenpeace New Zealand at the seabed mining hearing. She reports this year's field survey has recorded 68 Blue Whales in the Bight. Records show 31 sightings within 50km of the proposed mining site, and, daily, one has been seen within 40km. Here's her video from last year's survey.

Baby Blue Whale Nursing (Exclusive Drone Footage) | National Geographic


Monday 20/02/17

KASM chair Phil McCabe gives an update on what happened in the hearings last week. Please read, and share.

Reporting from the seabed mining hearing in Wellington



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

Saturday, 23/11/2013, 12 noon

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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…]