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


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…]

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Here We Go Again


Tena Koutou,   I write this sitting at an ocean lookout. The rising sun hits my back and a light southeasterly rustles the flax beside me while the clean lines of a building swell march from the horizon and peel along the boulder headland.   Surfers pull up to the lookout, some local, some from surrounding towns and cities and [read more…]

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KASM at Sound Splash


Hey there Ocean Lovers! After a few years in hiding, the wonderful crew at Sound Splash is putting on another awesome Music Festival in Raglan next month. And because the festival is right next to one of the most beautiful blacksand beaches in the whole wide world, we’re gonna be there talking about why it’s so important to stop seabed [read more…]

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Help us call for a time out on seabed mining! Taihoa!


Kia ora koutou As I write this from Raglan I am looking out to sea on a stunning blue skies day with not a breath of wind and glassy conditions as far as the eye can see! Breathtaking! We New Zealanders live with the ocean in our hearts and we know the value and importance of protecting her from the [read more…]

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Let’s Rethink This Whole Seabed Mining Thing


Well it’s been a while since we posted anything here but I assure we’ve remained busy. You’ve probably heard that the second seabed mining application to mine for minerals in New Zealands’ waters was denied a few weeks ago just as the first one was denied in June. Yaaaay!! What is significant is that our current government and the Labour [read more…]

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EPA must refuse phosphate mining application: our final submission


Press Release – KASM, Greenpeace, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition The New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency should refuse an application to mine phosphate from the deep seabed in the Chatham Rise, because of the damage it will cause to the marine environment, and because the EPA hasn’t got enough information to give it the go-ahead, environment groups said today. Three groups, [read more…]

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EPA should reject seabed mining application say environment groups


Press release from KASM, Greenpeace and The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition. Evidence submitted so far to the EPA’s hearing on a deep sea phosphate mining proposal for the Chatham Rise shows the proposal should be rejected for a number of very concerning reasons, environmental groups said today. Chatham Rock Phosphate wants to mine phosphate off the seabed, 450m deep on [read more…]

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Chatham Rise seabed mining hearing: the absence of evidence…


The phosphate on the seabed, 450m down on the Chatham Rise, has a particular quality that other phosphate doesn’t have:  uranium. The toxicity of this uranium was the focus of yesterday’s seabed mining hearing, and the evidence from a range of experts hasn’t filled us with confidence. KASM, Greenpeace and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition had two witnesses on the [read more…]

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KASM AGM – The Year That Was and What’s Next


We fought for hearings in Hamilton & Taranaki, we drew media attention to the hearing, we fundraised to pay for KASM to have full participation in the hearing process, we put forward experts, we cross examined their experts, we kept the company and the process honest, we gave strong submissions, we sat through the hearing to the very end and WE as part of that 99.5% WON!

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Tuesday 28/03/17

KASM is also unhappy at the decision by the EPA to extend the hearings by two months (trebling the length of the original hearing timetable to 31 May) to allow the seabed mining company TTR to provide information that should have been provided when they lodged their application back in September.
This benefits only the company and burdens the submitters.
It's been a shambolic hearing process indeed.

Hearing schedule into iron ore mining extended angering a Taranaki iwi

Tuesday 28/03/17

KASM fundraising Movie Night at Solscape Raglan this Wednesday night.
First up is 'Groundswell' by Chris Malloy followed by the NZ Premiere of 'Island Earth' by Cyrus Sutton, which looks at the different sides of GE testing and intensive pesticide use on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
Film proceeds go to KASM.
Vegan Curry available from 6pm.

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Monday 20/03/17

Are you? We definitely are. Stay tuned this week for updates from the seabed mining hearing. Phil is giving the KASM submission today.

Higher Perspective

Sunday 12/03/17

Latest footage from the South Taranaki Reef Life Project taken this weekend at the study reef 11km off the coast of Patea midway between shore and the proposed seabed mining site.
Quite a few fish ...

A South Taranaki Reef Life Project

Saturday 11/03/17

Decision Makers were told, point blank, that the seabed mining proposal in South Taranaki is completely unacceptable in the eyes, hearts and minds of local people.
A full cross section of community and Iwi representatives delivered the unequivocal message.

Fish stocks and high emotion at seabed mining hearing - National - NZ Herald News