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Genevieve Toop

Genevieve Toop is a climate activist and the Public Engagement Coordinator for Greenpeace New Zealand.

  • A new chapter in the New Zealand story

    Blogpost by Genevieve Toop - October 22, 2015 at 15:04

    When Simon Bridges announced the areas of Aotearoa that he wants to open up for oil and gas exploration in 2016 (the “Block Offers”), he probably wasn’t expecting this…

    In just six weeks since the announcement 25 communities around the country have mobilised and publicly demanded that their local councils say NO to deep sea oil and Block the Offer.

    Christchurch City Council was the first to listen to their constituents and have called the Government’s deep sea drilling plans “sheer lunacy”.  Kaikoura District Council followed suit soon after.  

    Over the next week many other councils will be deciding where they stand.  Auckland Council will decide at a public meeting on October 29th and we will all get see what they’re made of.  

    In recent history decisions like the one Christchurch and Ka... Read more >

  • Block the Offer to Stop Deep Sea Oil

    Blogpost by Genevieve Toop - September 17, 2015 at 13:19

    From now until the 30th of October local councils, iwi and hapū around New Zealand have the opportunity to take a position on deep sea oil drilling off our coast.

    Every year the Government via NZ Petroleum and Minerals (NZPAM) proposes “block offers”. The ‘blocks’ are  huge swathes of our land, ocean and seabed that the Government wants to open up the following year to international oil companies to explore for oil and gas. The area that the Government has offered up this time - “Block Offer 2016” - is massive.  It is twice the size of New Zealand’s whole landmass, and includes nearly a quarter of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary where the critically endangered Maui dolphins live. 

               Block Offer 2016

    But before the Government sells off our oceans they have asked for submission... Read more >

  • 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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