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Maya is a writer, artist, strategist and campaigner. She sailed with the Rainbow Warrior in 2013 and continues to campaign on environment and social justice issues.

  • Anadarko Petroleum face a clean-up bill of US$5.15 Billion, the largest-ever environmental cleanup bill in the United States.

    The money will fund a variety of clean up projects across 2,000 U.S. sites, including US$1Billion earmarked for the Navajo Nation to address radioactive contamination left by Anaradko subsidiary company Kerr-McGee.

    Toxic

    Reuters reported today; "Manhattan federal Judge Katherine Forrest approved the deal on Monday over objections from a creditor group in Columbus, Mississippi, where Kerr-McGee operated a wood treatment plant. The group felt the settlement was too low." The judge is reported to have said "The court is sympathetic to the objectors, whose community is coping with the toxic legacy Kerr-McGee has left in its wake."

    Anadarko are still being pursued for thei... Read more >

  • A week of protest against deep sea oil

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - October 3, 2014 at 14:51

    It’s been a big week! On Tuesday over 1,000 people marched up Queen Street and, in one clear voice, we said Stop Deep Sea Oil!

    The Waiho Papa Moana hikoi came down from Cape Reinga and together we marched on the ‘Petroleum Summit’ oil industry conference at Skycity. There we delivered an emphatic message to Statoil - and anyone else wanting to threaten our seas and coastlines with deep sea drilling: Go home - you are not wanted here.

    Hikoi

    Security was high and the oil men kept their heads down, but the industry and the Government certainly got the message: New Zealanders do not want deep sea drilling. 

    Then on Wednesday a small team of Greenpeace activists breached security at the petroleum conference to deliver the message again.

    Statoil Go Home

    You can watch the TV3 news report here.

    That same day, a... Read more >

  • Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - October 1, 2014 at 9:43

    More than 1,000 people marched up Queen Streen in Auckland yesterday, as part of the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi, to protest outside Sky City at the New Zealand Petroleum Summit against plans to begin deep sea oil drilling in the north of New Zealand by Norwegian oil company Statoil. Congratulations to everyone who came along, we made quite an impression.

    Marama Davidson spoke to the crowd; “Indigenous mothers around the world are rising up against the greed of all industries.” “We say to Statoil, and this government who are entertaining them, you are not smart. You are a risk to our environment. You are a risk to our economy. And you are a risk to our children today and our mokopuna to come.”

    Steve Abel from Greenpeace said that “As we stand here today in our hundreds and our thousands, we ... Read more >

  • President of Kiribati visits the Arctic

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - September 29, 2014 at 12:05

    Anote Tong, President of the Pacific Republic of Kiribati

    In September 2014 Anote Tong, President of the Pacific Republic of Kiribati, journeyed to the Arctic to see first hand the melting Arctic glaciers that are affecting his drowning Pacific paradise.

    Sea levels are rising faster in the Central-West Pacific than nearly anywhere else in the world, forcing the Islands of Kiribati, with a population of 100 000, to prepare to be wiped out.

    Like most people, President Tong had never been to the Arctic. And it turned out to be a powerful experience.

    "Kiribati is a beautiful island. But very vulnerable. Very low-lying and therefore highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, particularly of sea level rise. And so, our future days are numbered. Our islands will be severely affected to the extent that within this century, perhaps even befo... Read more >

  • 'At the end of the day' #Decision14

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - September 24, 2014 at 10:13

    Decision 2014 is over. When the dust settles on the craziest election campaign in recent memory, what will we say about this wild ride? We’ll say that 1 million people voted for John Key. And we’ll say that 1 million people didn’t vote at all. Everything else, it turned out, was a side show.

    Monday night on Campbell Live, John Key gave his ‘state of the union address.’

    Looking relaxed in front of the cameras Key laid out his five areas of focus for the next three years.

    “What the public want me to do is, on behalf of leading the Government, is get out there and say, okay, the core issues that matter; Economic prosperity, education for their kids, housing of young New Zealanders, our outward place in the world, the environment and how we preserve and enhance that. Show me the plan and the pathw... Read more >

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