Caritas welcomes Supreme Court Dismissal on Taranaki seabed mining appeal
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has welcomed the Supreme Court’s dismissal of Trans-Tasman Resources’ (TTR) appeal on an application to mine ironsands just offshore from South Taranaki.
“This decision will give heart to coastal communities around the Pacific who are deeply concerned by plans by various companies to mine the seabed for minerals,” said Caritas Director Julianne Hickey. “Only on Tuesday, we heard of ongoing Pacific concerns about deep sea mining at a Caritas talanoa on the state of the environment for Oceania.”
Caritas in Oceania has followed seabed mining since 2014 through its State of the Environment for Oceania reports, and last year called for a ban on seabed mining in the Pacific. “Our moana faces enough threats from pollution, overfishing and the climate crisis, let alone the unknown impacts of mining the seafloor,” says Mrs Hickey. “This decision will strengthen calls for a ban in our national waters and internationally.”
Caritas opposed the TTR application to the EPA in 2017 on the grounds that it would damage the immediate ocean environment, have potential impacts elsewhere such as from sediment plumes, and the application did not have the approval of Ngati Ruanui, who have recognised mana whenua (historic and territorial rights) over the project area.
Caritas will release on Monday its ‘risk indicator’ on offshore mining and drilling and other environmental indicators in this year’s ‘Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania’.
For more information, please contact Julianne Hickey, Director/Kaiwhakahaere Matua.
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Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development, and incorporates Catholic Volunteers Overseas. We are working for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 165 Catholic aid, development and social justice agencies active in over 200 countries and territories.