TTR plans to appeal decision
Trans-Tasman Resources will appeal the High Court decision quashing its consents to mine iron sand offshore from the South Taranaki seabed.
South Taranaki iwi Nga¯ ti Ruanui will oppose the mining, chief executive Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says.
“We’ve fought and won this battle twice now. We shouldn’t have to keep fighting it, but we will.”
People who opposed the mining were preparing to celebrate the High Court decision at Castlecliff on September 28. One of the organisers, Nicola Patrick, said the celebration would go ahead despite the appeal.
In August 2017 TransTasman Resources (TTR) was given consent to mine up to 50 million tonnes of iron sand 22km offshore from Patea every year for 35 years. It planned to ship about 5 million tonnes of iron ore offshore, returning the rest to the seabed. Consents were granted by an Environmental Protection Authority committee in August last year only by the chairman’s casting vote.
They were appealed by iwi, environmental and fishing interests. Justice Peter Churchman said information provided by TTR was inadequate and a “suck it and see” approach was unlawful for an ocean discharge.