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Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd: Application for marine consent

Image of Mt Taranaki over the ocean with sampling equipment in the foreground.


Trans-Tasman Resources Limited (TTR) is proposing to undertake an iron sand mining project in the South Taranaki Bight. It plans to mine iron ore from the seabed and process it aboard a floating production, storage and offloading vessel prior to export.

Latest updates

Hearing schedule for Taranaki & Whanganui - 17 April 2014

The hearing adjourned in Wellington on Thursday 17 April.

It will resume at Pariroa Marae, Hawera, on Monday 28 April before moving to Whanganui and then New Plymouth. You can view a draft hearing schedule below:

Draft Hearing Schedule for Week Five - Taranaki as at 17 April (pdf, 150 kb)

You can view the daily proceedings, transcripts and documents presented at the hearing below:

Memoranda to the DMC - 17 April 2014

The Decision-making Committee (DMC) has received memoranda from parties in relation to cross-boundary issues, procedural fairness and discharge management. You can view all correspondence to the DMC below:

Non-expert evidence available - 17 April 2014 

Non-expert evidence from submitters was due with the EPA by 2pm on 2 April. You can view the evidence via the link below:

Non-expert evidence from Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui and Te Ohu Kaimoana is also available.

Joint witness statements available - 17 March 2014

The DMC requested that the experts for the applicant, submitters, and the independent experts commissioned by the EPA, meet and prepare joint witness statements on important issues.

Additional joint witness statements have been received in relation to noise conditions and can be viewed via the link below:

Directions and Hearing Procedures - 4 March 2014

The Directions and Hearing Procedures and timetable issued by the DMC were updated on 3 March 2014. Both documents are available at the page below:


​Actions ​Date
Submitters and non-expert witnesses appear (Wellington) 14-17 April
Submitters and non-expert witnesses appear
(Taranaki and Whanganui)
28 April - 2 May​
​Closing comments (Wellington) 5-8 May
​​Hearing closes ​Approx 8 May
​Final decision released (20 days after close of hearing) -

In this section:


The hearing

Information about the hearing is available here. The hearing began on 10 March 2014.

The application

Learn more about TTR’s application for a marine consent and view the application documents.

Reports, advice and evidence

Read the reports, advice and evidence provided to the EPA about TTR's marine consent application.

Decision-making Committee

Find out more about the Decision-making Committee and its role.

Submissions received

View or download the submissions made on TTR's marine consent application here.

Previous updates

View previous updates on the proposal here.

Contact us

EPA project team contact details, including media contact.

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