Next week we’re expecting the opening of the public submission period for the latest bid to mine our precious black sand off the seabed – in the South Taranaki Bight.
The company, Trans Tasman Resources, is coming back for a second attempt to mine 50 million tonnes of sand a year off the seabed in the South Taranaki Bight – for 20 years. Last time, 4800 of you said no, and the EPA listened, and refused the application. So we know we can do it.
This week I am embarking on a series of public meetings right down the West Coast of the North Island to talk about the issue.
The first meeting is in Piha
Tuesday 13 September, Piha Bowling Club, 7.30 pm
I’ll talk about the details of seabed mining and what we can all do to rally as much opposition as possible to this destructive practice.
I’ll then head just a bit further north to Muriwai
Wednesday 14 September, Muriwai Surf Club, 7 pm
It’s important that we get more opposition than last time, to send a strong message to the EPA that there is even greater depth of feeling than before.
Next Monday 19th September I’ll be presenting our nearly 5000-strong petition to Parliament – Wellington people, please join me on the steps of Parliament at 1pm on Monday (we’ll email you separately).
I’ll then be heading to Taranaki, with meetings along the coast that will see the majority of the effects of this particular seabed mining proposal. Our meetings will be in Patea, Raglan, New Plymouth, Opunake, Hawera and Whanganui.
For the full list of meetings, see our poster below.
Help us get the word out! Download the poster here, print it out, put it up in local cafes and wherever you think people can see it.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you soon,