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Nick Young

Nick has worked with Greenpeace for more than 10 years and is now Head of Digital at Greenpeace NZ.

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  • Pure Dairy. Pure Fiction - A Parody

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 13, 2017 at 14:00

    How Greenpeace is using satire to call out NZ Dairy Bosses on their outrageous billboard.

    You can't miss it. Even at night. The Fonterra billboard bores down through your windscreen with sunny insistence. It strikes you the moment you leave Auckland airport and head into the city. A bold statement designed to make New Zealanders proud and put overseas visitors on notice about the clean green nature of the country they’ve just landed in.

    Fonterra billboard

    Welcome it says, to the home of pure dairy. Kind of sickening.

    A visceral reaction to this blunt force PR is the motivation for the latest film from Greenpeace. It’s a parody that’s been visited upon the New Zealand Dairy Leadership over the last two weeks. We felt we had to act on the yawning disconnect between the billboard and the lived (and swimmed) r... Read more >

  • Taitu and a long history of protest in boats

    Blogpost by Nick Young - April 3, 2017 at 20:41

    Taitu

    After confronting Statoil and Chevron seismic blasting 50 nautical miles off the Wairarapa coast in small inflatable boats, we put out a call to New Zealanders to help us buy a bigger boat. The response was phenomenal. Within seven days we'd crowdfunded nearly $100,000 and bought a bigger boat! As the newest member of the Greenpeace fleet, it's got its rainbow stripes, and a new name chosen by you.

    Taitu as a verb meaning to hinder, impede, deter, and thwart an enemy. As a name for a boat it references the sea (Tai) and Tu means standing, strength, warrior spirit. 

    Soon we plan to head out again, this time in our people-powered boat Taitu, and continue our protest against climate-wrecking oil exploration.

    This is the speech that Kate Simcock gave at the naming ceremony for Taitu before it he...
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  • Help name our new boat

    Blogpost by Nick Young - March 16, 2017 at 22:48

    Wow - we did it! Together, we’ve bought ‘The People's Boat’. Almost 1,000 people chipped in and together we have bought the boat that’s going to confront the Amazon Warrior - AKA, The Beast.

    Now we need you to give it a name. It’s only fitting that a crowdfunded boat gets a crowdsourced name!

    We need a name that reflects its people-powered spirit, its New Zealand heritage, and its new role as a guardian of our oceans and coastlines. It's a humble 15 metre ex-pilot boat with 7 berths and gets along at a fair rate of knots. It's not flashy, but it's seaworthy and safe.

    Click here to suggest a name. Once everyone has submitted their suggestions, we’ll pick out a shortlist, and then ask you to vote on the final choice.

    We’re preparing a crew, and soon we’ll be cleaning the bilges, stockin... Read more >

  • Kaikoura Earthquake: How to help or get help

    Blogpost by Nick Young - November 16, 2016 at 7:28

    Wanting to lend a hand, or provide some type of assistance after NZ was shaken just after midnight on Monday? 

    Here are some ways you can help or get help.

    HOTLINES TO CALL

    The organisation All Right? works to support Cantabrians' mental health and wellbeing post quakes. They have free help available at 0800 777 846, or online.

    Federated Farmers is encouraging people in rural areas struck by the earthquake to ring 0800 FARMING so that they can get a clearer idea of who needs help.

    The Mental Health Foundation is also encouraging people who have been traumatised by the quake to get in touch.

    DONATE
    The New Zealand Red Cross has a special fund for victims of the Kaikoura quakes. You can donate here.

    ON THE GROUND IN KAIKOURA 

    In Kaikōura, volunteers are needed. If you able, go to the w... Read more >

  • The Paris agreement has catapulted us all into a new reality. Governments have signed it, now they must act on it. And meanwhile, a global movement of people against fossil fuels is moving ahead - and you can be a part of it. We are the generation that ends fossil fuels!

    Here are four ways people just like you are leading the charge towards a safer, greener and more peaceful future.

    1. Typhoon survivors take on world’s biggest polluters

    Around 15,000 Filipinos march in Quezon City demanding climate justice ahead of the 2015 COP. 28/11/2015 © Jed Delano / Greenpeace

    Typhoon survivors, advocates and NGOs (including Greenpeace Southeast Asia) in the Philippines made history last year when they lodged a legal complaint with the country’s Human Rights Commission (CHR). This triggered an investigation into the world’s biggest polluters’ failure to reduce carbon emissions and responsibility for increasing the risk of cli... Read more >

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