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Nathan Argent

Nathan Argent is the Policy Advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand based in Wellington and is a long time Greenpeace campaigner with an interest in clean technology solutions.

  • Yesterday, the notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), the parent company of New Zealand based Cottonsoft, made a grandstanding announcement that it was committed to protecting the natural forests of Indonesia.

    Now you may recall that last year we released the result of scientific testing that conclusively showed that Cottonsoft products contained rainforest fibre. And needless to say, yesterday Cottonsoft issued a statement welcoming "a raft of new sustainability measures by its Indonesia-based supplier Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP)" which includes "a commitment to suspend the clearing of natural forest on its own pulpwood concessions in Indonesia".

    Two very interesting things struck me about this. Firstly, there's nothing new about this statement. Back in 2006, Asia Pap... Read more >

  • Roy Reid, Grey Power National President, and Arena Williams, NZ University Student Association President, in front of the Keep Our Assets message projected onto the Meridian Building, Wellington. The two organizations are members of the Keep Our Assets coalition which will officially launch its campaign tomorrow (Thursday) opposing the Government's plan to partially privatize state owned assets. Meridian is one of the companies up for privatization. The projected message reads ‘Keep Our Assets' and urges people to sign a petition at www.keepourassets.org.nz Photo by Marty Melville

    This morning I attended the official launch of the Citizens Initiated Referendum - a citizen led campaign to ensure that New Zealand's important assets remain Kiwi owned. This follows hot on the heels of the vibrant, electric and deafening hikoi that strode in to Wellington last week to deliver the message: that Aotearoa is not for sale.

    The breakfast launch down at parliament was standing room only as MP's from opposition parties, community groups, student organisations, unions and media all came to listen to the very eloquent and articulate speeches from Grey Power's Roy Reid and Arena Williams from the New Zealand Union of Students' Association. The very same pair who had the previous night defied the adverse conditions of a wet, wintry Wellington evening to project a Keep Our Assets lo... Read more >

  • Asset sales agenda sparks a movement

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - May 7, 2012 at 12:05

    After the huge protest against asset sales in Auckland the week before, on Friday the Aotearoa is Not for Sale hikoi arrived in the capital to mark the end of the march from Northland. But this looks to be the beginning of a much longer and broader campaign  to oppose the National Government's plans to partially privatise some of the country's most prized assets.

    I joined the march as it was making its way from Te Papa down to the steps of Parliament - the energy and noise drawing me in to the heart of the protest. It was a well-organised, colourful and lively affair, with one clear message echoing along the narrow canyon of office buildings on Lambton Quay - that Aotearoa is not for sale.

    The chants of the six thousand or so that had given up their lunchtime were in charismatic and con... Read more >

  • On the Lobbying Disclosure Bill

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - April 17, 2012 at 10:01

    Greenpeace welcomes the Green Party's Lobbying Disclosure Bill as an important step to bringing better  transparency and public disclosure to the political process. Greenpeace believes that it is vital that the public have full confidence in both the integrity of those elected to Parliamentary office and the system that shapes public policy. Indeed, it is necessary to ensure that Government is there to serve the best interests of our society, our culture and our environment.

    Greenpeace New Zealand advocates for progressive policies to protect our environment, our endangered wildlife and for action to tackle climate change, as well as promoting science based solutions.

     Our access to Parliament is always through the front door, and our objectives always evident in our public communications... Read more >

  • The Aotearoa is Not for Sale march

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - April 16, 2012 at 15:52

    Keeping our assets is key to embracing a clean energy future.

    The deadline has now passed for public submissions on whether the Government should proceed with the sale of some of New Zealand’s key, strategic state-owned assets including Meridian, Solid Energy, Mighty River Power and Genesis Energy. Hundreds of people made submissions and it appears that most are vehemently opposed to the sales.

    There are many reasons why John Key’s fire sale of the nation’s most prized and successful assets has been rejected so resoundingly.

    Close scrutiny has shown his argument that the revenue generated from the sale will help balance the Treasury’s books is economically flawed - and some suggest it’s a Trojan horse inside which rides the big business agenda to get its hands on these valuabl... Read more >

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