Consideration of Māori interests in the Trans-Tasman Resources Limited Decision
On August 03, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved an application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd (TTRL) to mine iron ore from the seabed in the South Taranaki Bight subject to conditions. However, the decision split the four-person Decision-Making Committee (DMC) charged by the EPA to make the decision.
The TTRL application was opposed by all affected iwi in South Taranaki.
Sarah Down, ANU PhD student and Jacinta Ruru, University of Otago examine why, when s 18, which requires decision-makers to be advised by the Māori Advisory Committee and ss 33 and 59, which require decision-makers to take into account the effects of activities on existing interests, the concerns and recommendations put forward by Iwi were largely overlooked in the decision-making process.