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Coastal communities are preparing to fight a new application to mine the seabed, lodged with the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining said today. Trans Tasman Resources (TTR), whose 2013 bid to mine ironsands from the seabed in the South Taranaki Bight was turned down by the EPA in 2014, is making another attempt to get a marine licence, [read more…]

Monday 29/08/16

Anyone in the Piha vicinity, please come to our meeting, the first of a series to be held down the North Island's West Coast to talk about the next bid to mine the seabed.
Note: there will be a meeting in Muriwai on Weds 14th - at the Surf Club, 7pm.

KASM public meeting, Piha Bowling Club

KASM public meeting, Piha Bowling Club

Saturday 27/08/16

We are now on Instagram, come follow along 🐬 www.instagram.com/kasm_nz

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Friday 26/08/16

Hi everyone, this is a big ask, but hey... We are looking for a second hand tablet (Android 4.0+ or Apple, IOS 7.0+) so we can get direct sign-ups at our stalls, etc (handwriting is often hard to read and transcribing takes time and personpower). Can anyone donate one to KASM? If you can, please let us know in the comments - or message us - or email info@kasm.org.nz - we'd be SO grateful. If you can't help, please share! Cheers and have a lovely weekend.

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Wednesday 24/08/16

A good piece on Stuff about the new bid to mine the Taranaki Bight for black sand - with lots of photos of resistance against seabed mining. KASM's Phil McCabe: "This foreign-owned company should know that they will continue to meet strong resistance from Kiwis who will stand up for beaches, ocean and marine environments." too right.

Seabed mining second crack


Wednesday 24/08/16

OK everyone, it's on. Here's our press release - Trans Tasman Resources lodged its application with the EPA yesterday :-(

Press release: Coastal communities vow to fight seabed mining – again



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…]