Hopes of big money in controversial seabed mine

KASM spokesperson Phil McGabe

Seabed mining pressure is mounting on Waikato’s west coast amid fears that it could damage the unique coastline and its endangered wildlife.

Trans-Tasman Resources has lodged two new exploration permits with NZ Petroleum and Minerals covering 333,090 hectares of ocean floor in a band that runs along the coast from the Awakino River mouth to Port Waikato and extends 12 nautical miles out to sea. It’s also exploring the South Taranaki Bight.

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