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  • 2014 - the year of the shark

    Blogpost by Greta Borren - January 10, 2014 at 11:49

    Wow! What a fantastic beginning to 2014 – the government has finally announced a ban on shark finning in New Zealand waters!

    'Sharks' in Wellington

    Yesterday’s news that its plans to make shark finning illegal is a great step in the right direction – although it’s disappointing that won’t include blue sharks until October 2016 as they are the species most often caught just for their fins. Until then thousands more blue sharks may be slaughtered for their fins with bodies dumped in our waters. That is not the kind of thing that I want happening in Aotearoa and is the motivation that keeps me campaigning for the protection of our oceans and all species that depend on them.

    But I’m definitely still celebrating! To get 45,300 submissions in to the government, and most of them demanding an immediate ban on shark f...

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  • Submission Guide for the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 and current regulatory proposals

    It is your right as a New Zealander to have a say in what happens in our oceans, to the environment, and to the health and well being of present and future generations. The New Zealand Government has proposed further changes to the laws governing new offshore oil and gas drilling which could mean high risk deep sea drilling proceeding without public notification or consultation.

    You have 20 minutes and two choices. You can either stop reading here and let the government’s  proposal go unchallenged while you spend the next 20 minutes trawling Facebook, watering the plants, watching a bit of TV, washing your hair...

    ...or, you can keep reading and use tha...

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  • The Value of Ancient Forests

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - January 8, 2014 at 16:09

    I live in a forest, and know that I am fortunate. I watch flicker and siskin in the cedars. I hear thrush and vireo in the veiled vastness. Cutthroat trout inhabit the lake, wolves howl on winter nights, and raccoons venture out with their families for my scraps. But I know the forest I live in is rare and under assault. Those cedar and fir, hemlock and spruce, could be converted to money, the great driver of this modern world.

    Canadian Forest

    The value of forests is an ancient tale. We may recall that humanity’s earliest stories – Ramayana, Gilgamesh, Raven and People – take place in the forest, with awe for its mysterious immensity. Raven hops from its forest home to find humans inside a clamshell on the beach. Rama enlists the forest animals to help vanquish the world’s evil. When King Gilgamesh fall... Read more >

  • Jenni Barrett: For the whales

    Blogpost by Jenni Barrett - January 7, 2014 at 12:24

    In 2007 I took a trip to the Arctic Circle to photograph killer whales. The setting in the Norwegian fjords was incredibly beautiful and I found myself profoundly moved after coming eye-to-eye with one of these magnificent creatures.

    It was just days after my return from Norway, when still on a high from the trip, I saw Irish Greenpeace activist, Dave Walsh speaking on the TV news about the Esperanza's anti-whaling expedition in Antarctica. Until then, whilst I knew that whaling still happened in parts of the world, I had no idea it was taking place on such a large scale. The television footage was truly heart-breaking and I couldn’t understand why in this day and age, anyone would need to hurt a whale, let alone set out to hunt down and kill over one thousand of these defenceless animal... Read more >

  • 2013: The Year In Photos

    Blogpost by Feature Story - January 6, 2014 at 9:41
    The year 2013 has been very eventful for Greenpeace on all points of the compass. Whether it be turning around a cargo container filled with fin whale meat in Hamburg, getting the palm oil industry to think twice about deforestation in Indonesia, or getting major clothing brands to detox their supply chain we, as always, have been investing our hearts and minds -- and the hearts and minds of our countless supporters -- into building towards a planet which is ecologically sound, healthy and liveable.

    With your help, Greenpeace has has not only reached around the globe to push policy and take direct action, but we have engaged the imagination of a world which is not happy with business as usual and demands a sustainable future.

    Below is a gallery of a mere few of those moments in time: Read more >

  • Can deforestation affect global weather patterns?

    Blogpost by Dr Janet Cotter - December 18, 2013 at 9:37