Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd (TTR) commissioned a survey to ascertain the interest in and support for its plans to harvest iron ore from the seabed off the South Taranaki coast inshore from the Kupe gas field production platform that lies about 30km off Manaia, New Zealand.

The vast majority of people from Taranaki and Whanganui (New Plymouth down to Whanganui) were shown to agree with the development of New Zealand’s natural resources, including iron ore, as long as the environment is protected and benefits flow to communities.