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Walk the walk together for our Ocean


By Athol Steward  My name is Athol Steward, committed to the preservation of our abundant and beautiful ocean… Like many thousands of environmentally conscious New Zealanders I spoke up against TTRL’s seabed mining application, in my submission, to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), expressing a clear NO! Astonishingly, this year, the EPA weakened by commercial and political pressure, approved TTR’s [read more…]

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KASM takes EPA to High Court over seabed mining decision


Kiwis Against Seabed Mining has today filed an appeal in the High Court against the Environmental Protection Authority’s decision to grant consent to Trans Tasman Resources to dig up 50 million tonnes of the South Taranaki Bight seabed a year for 35 years. EDIT: Greenpeace New Zealand has joined KASM’s appeal. Under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental [read more…]

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AGM Ushers In New Leadership for KASM


By Phil McCabe     Tena Koutou  After a five-year journey in the driver’s seat of KASM, I stood down from the role of Chairperson and from the committee at last week’s AGM. Sam Nobs, Treasurer of the last two years, also made way for fresh faces to join the committee.  Cindy Baxter, of Piha, was voted in as the [read more…]

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Seabed mining policies largely unclear in election campaign – KASM


Press Release     The idea of setting up a marine mammal sanctuary in the South Taranaki Bight was today welcomed by Kiwis Against Seabed Mining, who have also been calling for a moratorium on the destructive practice in New Zealand. “Scientists are just confirming now that the South Taranaki Bight is a habitat for a substantial blue whale population, yet the [read more…]

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Setting the record straight on seabed mining decision


By Cindy Baxter     In the wake of the EPA’s decision to grant a marine licence to a company to dig up 50 million tonnes of the South Taranaki Bight seabed every year for 35 years, there have already been a number of factually inaccurate statements made by both the company and the EPA itself. A split vote First, it’s [read more…]

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KASM stunned by seabed mining green light, will appeal decision


Kiwis Against Seabed Mining confirmed they will appeal today’s EPA’s decision to greenlight a dangerous seabed mining proposal in the South Taranaki Bight. “We have to take the only responsible route here by appealing this decision, on behalf of the future of our coastal peoples and environment, the blue whales, maui dolphins and little penguins. We saw at least 13,700 [read more…]

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A moratorium on seabed mining is the only way forward


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…]

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Seabed mining hearing has “gone off the rails”


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…]

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Trans Tasman Resources’ unreasonable request


From Phil McCabe  Wannabe seabed mining company, Trans Tasman Resources (TTR), has laid out its proposal for a massive, first-of-its-kind in the world mine – on the seabed of the South Taranaki Bight (STB) off the coast of Patea.  Their proposal quite simply asks too much of the coastal residents most likely to feel the effects of this proposed offshore [read more…]

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