Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) is an environmental group established to create community awareness of the environmental risks associated with the mining of the sea bed around New Zealand.

In March 2005 an application was lodged by Australian company BQL for a minerals permit for exploration prior to mining black sands off the West Coast of the North Island. This was the determining factor for the formation of KASM. KASM was originally Raglan based but now has membership and organisational groups in Piha, Raglan and Taranaki with support from many other environmental groups.

February 2007 saw Rio Tinto (one of the world's largest mining companies) acquire the majority share of the West Coast North Island placed seabed prospecting permit previously held by Iron ore NZ Ltd. Riotinto and subsidiaries have historically had a poor human rights and environmental record.

ee also

*Environmental movement in New Zealand
*International Seabed Authority (ISA)

External links

* [http://www.blacksands.org.nz/ KASM] - official website.


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