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Debbie Ngarewa-Packer Calls On PM To Support Bill To Ban Seabed Mining

Te Pāti Māori Co-leader, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngā Rauru uri Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is today celebrating that her Prohibition on Seabed Mining Legislation Amendment Bill has been drawn from Parliament’s biscuit tin, while calling on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party to support the Bill.

“I’m beyond thrilled that my bill to ban seabed mining has been drawn from the Ballot. This is the latest win in a long eight-year campaign from mana whenua to protect our moana in Taranaki and across Aotearoa from the greed of international mining companies” said Ngarewa-Packer.

“Deep sea mining is environmental vandalism and would wreak permanent havoc on marine life and coastlines.

“Mining up to 50 million tonnes of ironsands every year for 35 years would be an absolute environmental disaster. At a time when we are facing climate and biodiversity crises, we simply cannot allow this. Parliament now has the opportunity to stop this destruction once and for all.

“This news comes off the back of our hugely successful lobbying trip to the UN Oceans Conference in Portugal as Pacific parliamentarians – by the end of the conference, nations including Palau, Fiji, Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, France, Portugal and Chile had all announced their opposition to deep sea mining. There is a growing global movement to end seabed mining.

“I’m calling on the Labour Party to support my Bill – it has broad support among hapū and iwi, environmental groups and the community.

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