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Anti-mining petition handed to parliament

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/09/2016

A iwi-organised petition signed by more than 6000 people and calling for a moratorium in seabed mining has been handed in at parliament.

Green Party MP Gareth Hughes accepted the petition from Ngati Ruanui representatives on the steps of parliament on Monday.

"Seabed mining involves sucking up tonnes of seabed, extracting the iron ore, and then dumping it back," he said.

"It's hugely destructive for the environment ... I support Ngati Ruanui and people from around the country who are stepping up to say seabed mining is too risky."

The petition is a response to a new application by Trans Tasman Resources to mine 50 million tonnes of iron sands a year from the seabed off the Taranaki coast.

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