Climate rescue radio atop Marsden B

The revolution will not be televised but you may well catch it on the wireless!

Feature story - November 4, 2006
UPDATE: Due to relentless campaigning by lots of different people, Mighty River Power's Marsden B coal fired power station proposal was abandoned in March 2007.

Heatwave FM DJs Steve Abel and Bomber Bradbury talk about climate change on the Global Day of Action, November 2006.

Greenpeace activist Michael Simpson carrying a FM radio transmitter descends the 60 metre high Marsden B Power Station at Ruakaka, Northland, New Zealand, where Mighty River Power proposes to burn coal.

Greenpeace activists taking part in the global day of action on climate change outside the proposed coal burning power station Marsden B at Ruakaka, Northland.

Today on the Global Day of Action on climate change Greenpeace activists have scaled the 60m Marsden B power station once again, and set up Heatwave FM - a pirate radio station.

The Global Day of Action on climate change will see people from many groups all over the world demand that world leaders take the urgent action needed to prevent the catastrophic destabilisation of our global climate. It is timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate meeting on the Kyoto Protocol, in Nairobi from 6-17 November.

Celebrity DJ 'Bomber' Bradbury and musician Steve Abel are hosting Heatwave FM and streaming online to the world at They'll be getting first hand accounts of Global Day of Action activities not only in New Zealand, but also from across the globe from Bangladesh to Belgium. They'll be playing some cool tunes, interview some key people and crossing live to the activists on the roof of Marsden B.

The radio broadcast can be heard on 88.3FM in the Whangarei and Ruakaka areas.

Only last weekend, our Prime Minister Helen Clark told the nation it was 'time to be bold on climate change'. She also said 'New Zealand could aim to be the first country in the world which is truly sustainable'.

Well let's see of she walks the talk with Marsden B. The station is obviously the first thing that she should be axing. Truly sustainable electricity generation comes from renewable energy: sun, wind and water. Not dirty old coal.

If Marsden B goes ahead it would release over 2 million tonnes of climate polluting gases into the atmosphere every year - and that's hardly sustainable.

Greenpeace has launched an open letter to the New Zealand Government and its representatives calling for action on climate change now. People can sign onto the open letter by texting 898 with their name and town or through the Heatwave FM website.

Names can be added until 6pm on Monday 6 November after which a copy of the letter will be delivered to the New Zealand delegation at the meeting in Nairobi. The activists will come down from the roof on Tuesday morning.

At the United Nations talks on climate change in Nairobi we want the Government to take a leadership role and push for legally binding targets to lower greenhouse pollution and ways to encourage clean technology uptake.

Greenpeace has made legal challenges to prevent Marsden B from becoming New Zealand's first major coal fired power station in over 25 years. Consent to operate was granted in 2005.