Drill it, mine it…or walk it?

I recently had the priveleged opportunity to meet Tommaso Lizzi, an Italian traveller, while he dropped in on Wellington. He’s currently walking the length of New Zealand on the incredible 3,000 km, 120-day Te Araroa Trail. He reckons this is the best way to experience the unique environment New Zealanders are so lucky to live in.

 tommaso

His actions are also in support of Kiwis Against Seabed Mining, KASM’s, work to raise public awareness about proposals to mine around our seabeds and coastlines. Currently, the seabed off the south Taranaki coast is at risk from foreign-owned Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) application to the EPA for marine consent. Kasm as well as Tommaso are working hard to let as many people as possible express their views during the public submission period for the application, a window of four weeks beginning around November 21.

They believe the West Coasts’ swells and currents set a dynamic environment which would be poorly understood by TTR if the mining was allowed. This would also set a precedent for the allowance of further risky mining around New Zealand’s coasts.

The passion Tommaso has for this cause inspired me, and reminded me of the spirit New Zealand’s environment can bring to people. Tommaso’s efforts are an example of the cool and unique ways people can fight to protect our environment every day.

Tommaso’s journey can be followed on his blog  the Facebook page Te Araroa Trail Against Seabed Mining

5 thoughts on “Drill it, mine it…or walk it?

  1. ah, I kept talking about walking the T A Trail, and our Italian friend has done it…
    Hasn’t this environment/nature killing govt kept people so busy?
    Does anybody know how much time/energy/productive hours/money in total estimated this govt has wasted so many of us on submissions/petitions/demonstrations due to govt’s bad policies/laws/deals…??? Talking about being useless…Sigh sigh and more sighs

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  2. More Gareth Hughes selective “mining” of information from un-certified sources.

    They believe the West Coasts’ swells and currents set a dynamic environment which would be poorly understood by TTR if the mining was allowed. This would also set a precedent for the allowance of further risky mining around New Zealand’s coasts.

    KASM makes an unsubstantiated claim and is being parroted by a Green MP as being factually correct.

    Any proof that the mining company does NOT know about and understand the west coast currents and swells? Or does Gareth Hughes not need any?

    Myth beats the truth anytime it would seem.

    Another epic fail.

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  3. Gerrit
    Lets face it. The Greens just parrot Greenpeace and WWF press releases. When it comes to science, they are deniers.

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  4. Be fair Gerrit… he did say “They believe”.

    I tend to agree that the mining folks have a very good handle on the historical conditions of sea and current in the region. It doesn’t matter much as there is already enough KNOWN resource to fricassee the planet, so exploring for more is rather unnecessary besides being risky business for our shoreline.

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  5. National once again shames our country before the world ….”Our government’s laughter at the Philippines’ suffering,” ….http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/arseholes-before-world.html

    It borders on insane that the Nats want a oil and gas bonanza when we are aware of the HUGE RISKS in pursuing these dirty planet altering fuels.

    The future for human kind is in CLEAN ENERGY .

    Epic failure by National chasing and gambling on the quick dirty dollar.

    A party of greedy exploiting millionaires

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