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South Taranaki iwi Nga Rauru is welcoming a company which wants to start seabed mining off the coast of Patea.
Trans-Tasman Resources want a permit to take ironsand in the South Taranaki Bight and will apply for environmental marine consents next month.
At a workshop discussing ironsand mining in New Plymouth on Friday, Nga Rauru iwi development manager Mike Neho said the iwi were open to the company if it provided local people with education and jobs.
“We welcome mining in our area, if there’s benefit to us.
“You make it as safe as possible and give us the education.”
Mr Neho said local people no longer had access to kaimoana off their coast because it had been plundered by others. “There’s no more pipis, no more mussel beds. We can’t get on the environmental conscience any more, it leaves us lost at the end of the argument.”
He told Andy Sommerville, environment and approvals manager at Trans-Tasman Resources, to “get it together with the enviros” so his community might benefit.
Mr Sommerville said the company had talked to groups including fishermen, divers and surfers, and the next expo was to be held in Hawera.
The company was considering the visual and ecological effects of the plume resulting from discharging sand back after the iron ore had been extracted; the direct effect of mining on benthic organisms; and effects on the shoreline and waves.
The workshop was part of the annual Resource Management Law Association conference on challenges in the dairy and petroleum industries.
Other panellists were the chief executive of MetOcean Solutions Ltd, Peter McComb, Taranaki representative for Kiwis Against Seabed Mining Chris Wilkes and senior coastal engineer for Tonkin & Taylor Ltd Tom Shand.
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