11 Aug Pope Francis wades in on sea bed mining decision
The decision to mine iron sand off the Taranaki coast has reached all the way to the landlocked Vatican City.
Pope Francis’ representatives down under, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, said the decision was concerning.
The Catholic organisation submitted on the application in October quoting Pope Francis’ message that “intervention in nature can have consequences which are not immediately evident”.
Vacuuming 50 million tonnes of sea bed had short term gains but led to long term ruin, it said.