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Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd: Application for marine consent

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

Latest updates

TTR appeal abandoned - December 2014

The appeal lodged by TTR in the High Court was abandoned on 12 December 2014. This concludes the EPA's involvement in this particular application.

Appeal lodged by TTR with High Court - July 2014

Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd lodged an appeal on 8 July 2014 with the High Court in Wellington of the EPA’s decision to refuse their marine consent application under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012.

A copy of that appeal has been served on the EPA because the EPA is a party to any appeal on a marine consent application.

The High Court has rules on when appeals and related documents can be made publicly available prior to an appeal being determined by the Court. As such, any requests for documentation relating to the appeal should be directed to the High Court in Wellington or TTR rather than the EPA. In addition, any queries about timing for the appeal need to be directed to the High Court in Wellington.

Trans-Tasman Resources decision - 18 June 2014

The decision on the Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd marine consent application is now available. The Decision-making Committee (DMC) appointed by the Environmental Protection Authority to hear and determine the marine consent application has refused consent.  

Further details about the decision, and a link to the decision, can be found here:


In this section:

The decision

View the Decision-making Committee's decision on the TTR marine consent application.

The hearing

Information about the hearing is available here. The hearing began on 10 March 2014 and formally closed on 19 May 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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