Trans-Tasman Resources Limited 2016

Decision Date: 03 August 2017

Trans-Tasman Resources Limited 2016 application to extract and process iron sand within the South Taranaki Bight.

Latest update - 28 August 2018

On 28 August 2018 the High Court released its decision on the appeals.

We are considering the findings

Published 12 February 2018

On 20 March 2017 the Department of Conservation (DOC) provided the EPA with two excel spreadsheets of marine mammal sightings and incidents in the Taranaki Basin. DOC has since realised there was an error in the marine mammal sightings data. The error has been corrected and the marine mammal sightings spreadsheet was resubmitted to the EPA on 30 January 2018.

View the corrected spreadsheet (pdf, 1.7MB)

View the letter from DOC accompanying the corrected spreadsheet (pdf, 112KB)

The original data provided by DoC can be viewed here (pdf, 2.7MB)

Published 10 November 2017

Appeals lodged with the High Court on the TTRL decision.

A number of parties have lodged appeals with the High Court in Wellington of the EPA's decision to grant a marine consent to Trans-Tasman Resources Limited under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 (EEZ Act). The EPA and the applicant, Trans-Tasman Resources Limited are also parties to the appeals.

The High Court has set a hearing date starting on 16 April 2018 for a four day hearing.

Copies of the notices of appeal are provided below:

Click here to view the Notices of Appeal.

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

To contact the High Court:

Phone: 04 914 3600

From overseas: +64 4 914 3600


The decision

The Decision-making Committee granted consent subject to conditions. Read the decision.

The application

Learn about the application lodged by Trans-Tasman Resources Limited to extract and process iron sand within the South Taranaki Bight

Reports, advice and evidence

​The marine consent process allows the EPA to obtain advice on any aspect of a marine consent application or on an activity that is associated with it.

The hearing

Information relating to the TTRL hearing is provided on this page.

Decision-making Committee

The EPA Board appointed a Decision-making Committee to the application by TTRL for marine consents and marine discharge consents.

Submissions received

Public submissions are an important part of the publicly notified application process.


Key contacts for TTRL's application for marine consents and marine discharge consents.