Chamber opposes sand mining

The Raglan Chamber of Commerce has come out in support of Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM), after most of its members in a survey opposed west coast ironsand mining for minerals and building materials.

Chamber chairwoman Stephanie Philp said 88 per cent of respondents to the email survey said they were against seabed mining, 4 per cent were in favour and 8 per cent had no firm opinion.

"A major component of our tourism market is surfing with an expanding environmental eco-tourism element. If our seabed or foreshore is damaged it will ruin that market," Philp said.

There had already been major erosion of the area's coastline and where mining had occurred in New Zealand and overseas it had adversely affected surf breaks and caused further erosion. "This would be disastrous for our community. . . "

KASM says ironsands off the west coast of the North Island are a unique geological and marine environment with a high iron content and low extraction costs.

Waikato Times