Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is the first of five nominees for the 2018 Taranaki Daily News Person of the Year. Helen Harvey has interviewed each of the finalists. The winner will be announced on New Year’s Day. For the best part of four years Debbie Ngarewa-Packer has been at the forefront of the battle against seabed mining off the coast of South Taranaki.
Mining company Trans Tasman Resources is still considering if it will appeal a High Court decision that denied it consent to mine the seabed off South Taranaki. Trans Tasman Resources executive chairman Alan Eggers said the company was reviewing the advice it has received on the appeal judgement from its lawyers. “That decision has not been made. We are
Ngāti Ruanui shuns greedy Big Oil attempt to save future attempts at sunset industry exploration Ngāti Ruanui shuns the new Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ) advertising campaign starting tonight (Monday). It lobbies New Zealanders to ignore the seriousness of climate change. “Status Quo is not an option. “This Government- which has
Security company Thompson & Clark Investigations was asked to monitor “issue motivated groups” such as the South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui. That’s according to a new State Services Commission report commissioned by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. The security company was given the profiles and newsletters of groups opposing oil and gas exploration and
A Taranaki iwi is calling for an immediate review of New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals which it says can no longer be trusted. A State Services Commission report has found the private security firm Thompson & Clark had an inappropriately close relationship with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment unit which manages the country’s
South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui has won a landmark High Court decision to quash Seabed Mining off the coast of Patea. Overnight, the High Court at Wellington announced it will not allow Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) to mine iron sand off the South Taranaki bight. Te Runanga o Ngāti Ruanui Trust kaiarataki Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says this win
A mining exploration permit has been quietly granted inside a marine sanctuary off the Taranaki coast to protect the endangered Māui’s dolphins. The decision, which was approved in May, has shocked conservation groups who were unaware of it. But the Department of Conservation (DOC) had been aware of Ironsands Offshore Mining Ltd’s application since March. It has voiced “significant concerns” about the safety
South Taranaki Māori are concerned about an unprecedented number of young, male sperm whales stranding along the area’s coast. The 13th whale found stranded on Ngati Ruanui Hapotiki hapū in less than two weeks was discovered last Friday at a remote location accessed on foot along the Waihi Beach coastline. “It is highly unusual and