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Rasta Paddle - Kiwis Against Seabed Mining and S4C

Rasta Paddle - Kiwis Against Seabed Mining and S4C

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This issue is causing some real in heat in famously ‘eco’ New Zealand. And no wonder. 55 Mauis dolphins left on the planet? How the hell did that happen?

KASM & S4C COASTAL JOURNEY – PART 1 from Surfers for Cetaceans on Vimeo.

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In support of KASM (Kiwis Against Seabed Mining), pro surfer & activist David Rastovich, intends to paddle 350km from Taranaki to Piha west of Auckland, New Zealand over two-weeks beginning Nov16th to draw awareness to issues to do with proposed seabed mining.
Rastovich, a co-founder of global group “Surfers for Cetaceans” (S4C), will unite with KASM advocates to engage local communities, educate and inspire others to action throughout the epic journey.
– The entire west coast from Whanganui to Cape Reinga is under either a prospecting or exploration permit to mine iron sands from the seafloor.
– Large scale seabed mining, as is proposed, will leave massive oceanic dead zones, could ruin fisheries, affect surf breaks, exacerbate existing erosion problems, change beaches and reintroduce toxins which are currently stabilized in the sea floor.
– Foreign owned mining companies are looking to extract billions of tonnes of iron sands for export to Asia and pay just 1-5% of the value of the resource in royalties to the NZ Govt.
– Very few jobs would be created for coastal residents as operations are entirely water based.
– Much of the permitted area is a direct overlay of the only habitat for the critically endangered Maui’s Dolphin. With just 55 dolphins remaining, seabed mining would make extinction of the species a certainty.

  1. Simeon Connor-Alivanoglou

    Good on you Rasta! its unthinkable that they will destroy that beautiful coast through mining. I wish all the activists involved a safe and successful paddle, hope you see some maui’s

  2. Leo Newberello

    Good on you Rasta, sending you and all involved the warmest of vibes.

  3. Giz

    I hope these evil company’s never get their go ahead, it would be an a great loss to NZ’s pristine eco system , the world cant have more places like this raped Rasta and co you have my whole hearted support.

  4. Chris

    Thanks to the team at surfers path all the way from Raglan for giving this issue some much needed visibility around the globe.

    Ka nui te hari

  5. Steve Sipman

    Malama pono.
    Be the wave, Dave.
    God bless your sponsors.
    Mahalo for carrying the kukui.
    Let me know if I can help.
    Haʻikū, Maui


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