TTR plans to ap­peal decision

Stratford Press - - News - By LAU­RELL STOWELL

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.

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