Iwi group to keep tabs on appeal

An iwi group staunchly opposed to an application made to mine off the South Taranaki coast will keep a close eye on developments after this week's appeal by Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR).

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency declined TTR's marine consent application to mine 50 million tonnes of ironsand a year from the South Taranaki seabed.

However, on Tuesday TTR's chief executive Tim Crossley announced it would challenge the decision. Appeals are permitted but can only be made on points of law.

Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust chief executive Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said the appeal in no way changed its position on the matter.

"The concerns we have still exist," she said. Although she would have expected all the relevant information about the application to have already been tabled by the company, she would keep a watching brief on the matter in the coming weeks, especially in terms of the grounds TTR had used as the basis of its appeal.

"We'll analyse any new information that does come to the surface," she said.

The appeal period runs until July 9.

Taranaki Daily News