Kaare ngā pānga kino e tau atu ki te wao, ki ngā tamariki a Tangaroa rānei. Koinei tā te kamupene keri one, tā Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd. Ka puta te whakautu o taua kamupene ki te kōti teitei i tēnei rā mō te pīra e whakaae ana kia keri rawa taua kamupene.
Ka kī atu te roia o te kamupene kohi onepū rino ki te kaiwhakawā a Churchman, kāore ngā tamariki a tangaroa e pā kino atu i te mahi keri papamoana.
“To be clear Sir, the area where the mining is to take place is a rugged environmental area of rapid change,” i mea atu te roia, i a Smith.
“Where Bight and forms of sea life for example are affected regularly and rapidly and recover regularly and rapidly irrespective of what might be done there by TTR.”
Wheoi, kāore ngā kaitono e whakahē ana i te kaupapa nei i te paku whakaae.
“What we do know is that the South Taranaki Bight has now been confirmed as a major foraging ground, if not a breeding ground for the endangered blue whale,” i kī atu te hemana o Kiwis Against Seabed Mining Chair, i a Cindy Baxter.
“We know that it's at the southern end of the critically endangered Māui dolphin habitat. And we also know that there is the little penguin that could feed as far out as the mine site.”
E hiahia ana te kamupene o TTRL ki te keri i te papamoana ki Patea ki te tonga o Taranaki e rima mīriona tana mō ngā tau e toru tekau mā rima. Ko tā te roia, ko tā Smith, papaki kau ana te moana, otia he ara haere mā ngā waipuke.
“Approximately 0.03% of this part of the South Taranaki Bight per month would be impacted or 0.3 % per year in terms of the sediment domain this represents 0.04 % per year, ongoing recovery of iron sand will mean area's with adjacent 5km blocks of the ISR operation will be at different stages of recovery,” said Smith.
E ai ki te Kaiarataki o Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui Kaiarataki, a Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, “What it's going to do is drench this all up and dump the sludge in our water's after its taken the minerals out, so you know it's hugely concerning and it's going to have such adverse effects.”
Ka tū Te Mana Rauhī Taiao ki te kōrero mō muri atu, hei āpōpō pea mutu ai.