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 2016 application to scour the seabed approving a massive under water open cast mine covering 65 square kilometres, extracting 50 million tons each year for 35 years.
For me, this was a call for action, to advocate for the environment and act to stop seabed mining.
The time for talking is over, it’s time to take action to reverse the EPA’s decision. Approval of this mine opens the door to a mine near you, specifically in the concession area anywhere from Muriwai to Whanganui.
I’ve made a decision to do a 400km coastal walk to raise funds and awareness, from Raglan to Whanganui to help fund KASM’s High Court appeal against the EPA.
The two-week campaign starts in Raglan on Saturday October 28th, finishing in Whanganui on Sunday 12th 2017. In addition to fundraising, the goals are to promote our beautiful marine environment and raise awareness about the perils of seabed mining.
The plan is to walk as many beaches as possible, averaging 30km each day swimming rivers and harbours like Kawhia and Aotea as we go – adventure with a purpose. My eldest son Lloyd will join in for the first week and my youngest, Jonathan, for the second
Aim: Fund target $10,000. Please donate to my ‘Givealittle’ page. All funds raised will go directly to KASM’s High Court appeal
Kia kaha, Athol
Stay in touch for the journey:
Do your bit and join us
- Join the walk near your beach. Get sponsors for your effort then donate to ‘Givealittle’
- Join in the beach activities at overnight stops, see the walk itinerary below for details. Get a sponsor for your sand sculpture or drawing.
- Fly a kite on the beach for our arrival
Itinerary: Raglan to Whanganui
Friday 27th October
Day 1 Saturday 28th October
Raglan to Kawhia. Start walk Ngarunui beach, 9-11.30 am sand sculptures and drawings of whales and dolphins or fly a kite!
Walk via Whale Bay, Te To to Kawhia
Day 2 Sunday 29th October
Kawhia to Marakopa. Start walk with escorted swim across Kawhia inlet at 6am to Te Maika settlement, proceed to Marakopa. Beach actives 4-6pm sand sculptures and drawings of sharks, skates and rays
Day 3 Monday 30th October
Marakopa to Waikawau
Day 4 Tuesday 31st October
Waikawau to Mokau, beach activities 4-6pm sand sculptures and drawings crabs, crays and shellfish
Day 5 Wednesday 1st November
Mokau to Tongapurutu, beach activites 4-6pm
Day 6 Thursday 2nd November
Tongapurutu to Urenui, beach activities 4-6pm
Day 7 Friday 3rd November
Urenui to New Plymouth Port, beach activities 4-6pm sand sculptures and drawings dolphins and whales or fly a colourful kite
Day 8 Saturday 4th November
KASM Hikoi 1pm Bell Block to New Plymouth, then Okato
Day 9 Sunday 5th November
Okato to Cape Egmont light house – activities 4-6pm
Day10 Monday 6th November
Cape Egmont to Opunake, beach activities 4-6pm
Day 11 Tuesday 7th November
Opunake to Kaupokonui beach camp, beach activities 4-6pm
Day 12 Wednesday 8th November
Kaupokonui to Manutahi. Hawera Beach activities 4-6pm sand sculptures and drawings of seabirds or fly a colourful kite
Day 13 Thursday 9th November
Manutahi to Patea, Mana Bay beach protest gathering and beach activities 4-6pm sand sculptures and drawings – sharks, skates and rays- or fly a colourful kite
Day 14 Friday 10th November
Patea to Waipipi. Beach activities 4-6pm sand sculptures and drawings of fish or fly a colourful kite
Day 15 Saturday 11th November
Waipipi to Waiinu beach. Beach activities 4-6pm
Day 16 Sunday 12th November
Big walk, gathering of as many walkers as possible – Ototoko to Whanganui. Gather on Ototoko beach at 9am for the walk to Castlecliff beach, or Kai Iwi at 12 noon, or Longbeach at 2pm. The walk finishes on Castlecliff beach at 3pm with beach a beach protest and activities activities for those gathered.
Each day walk start time 7am. However, times of arrival and departures are subject to weather conditions and tides.
See you there!