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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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Reporting from the seabed mining hearing in Wellington


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…]

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Press release: KASM challenges seabed mining secrecy in Environment Court today


Today, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM), with the support of Ngāti Ruanui and Talleys Fisheries Group, will be asking the Environment Court to rule that seabed mining company Trans Tasman Resources (TTR), make public all of the information in its application to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to mine the seabed in the South Taranaki Bight. The hundreds of pages of [read more…]

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On Foreign Ownership


A corporation is owned by its shareholders and, as a group, they potentially possess a great amount of control over corporate operations. When KASM describes seabed mining company Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) as “95% foreign owned,” we refer to the the share distribution by country. In fact, if you ever had a look at the share distribution for TTR on [read more…]

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How you can help us stop seabed mining


Seabed mining company Trans Tasman Resources has now applied to the EPA to mine 50 million tonnes a year for 20 years in 66sqkm of the seabed in the South Taranaki Bight.  The EPA has looked at the application, declared it complete, and has now notified it to the public. We have until 14 October to get as many people [read more…]

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KASM on Facebook

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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