Appeal Court upholds decision to quash Trans-Tasman Resources’ seabed mining application

Date: April 3, 2020

Source: NZ Herald
Author: Laurel Stowell

Mining company Trans-Tasman Resources has been sent back to the Environmental Protection Authority if it wants to make a third attempt to mine iron-sand from the South Taranaki seabed.

The Court of Appeal today dismissed TTR’s appeal against a High Court judgment quashing its mining consents.

Groups opposed to the company’s application welcomed the 290-page judgment but TTR spokesman Andrew Stewart said it was too soon for the company to comment.

“Any comments will be reserved until the decision has been properly considered in its entirety,” he said.

South Taranaki iwi Nga Ruanui has opposed the application from the start, and kaiarataki Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said the win was thorough.

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