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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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  • The Electoral Commission has said Climate Voter may be in breach of the Electoral Act so along with the other 5 groups who launched the intiative, we’re going to the High Court to test the Electoral Act.

    This is an important free speech test case. Here’s a short Friday afternoon round-up of some of the news reporting and blogs from earlier in the week.

    Radio New Zealand covered it on Morning Report - you can listen here.

    One News and Newstalk gave it some airtime as well.

    And both Stuff and the Herald filed pieces too.

    A bunch of well-read bloggers considered the impending High Court case, in some interesting ways. Micky Savage on the Standard with ‘Dear Greenpeace – difficult cases make bad law’ ‘Climate Voter and the Electoral Act’ over on No Right Turn. The Jackal with Climate Voter and... Read more >

  • High Court Action Over Climate Voter

    Blogpost by Nick Young - July 14, 2014 at 15:28

    Over 20,000 New Zealanders have now signed on as Climate Voters and in doing so signaled to our politicians that climate change will be in the forefront of their minds when they vote on the 20th September this year. It's a powerful statement, but there’s a problem.

    The Electoral Commission has said Climate Voter may be in breach of the Electoral Act. If that’s left unchallenged, Climate Voter and the six groups backing it could be subject to a range of legal requirements and restrictions that would make it difficult for us to continue.

    We strongly believe that Climate Voter should not be captured by this legislation.

    This is really important. And it’s far bigger than Climate Voter. It’s about democracy and it’s about freedom of speech. There’s a very real risk that, if this interpretatio...

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  • Anadarko court case lost, but cowboys exposed

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 13, 2014 at 14:57

    After the protests at sea against the Brazilian oil giant Petrobras’ deep sea drilling exploits off the East Cape were so successful, the National Government made certain aspects of protest at sea illegal with the Anadarko Amendment to clear the way for the Texan oil giant Anadarko to have a crack.

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    We then showed how catastrophic a deep sea drilling blowout could be, and headed out to sea again with the Oil Free Seas Flotilla to confront Anadarko’s drillship for four days and nights at the deep sea drill-site West of Raglan.

    And thousands of you then turned out for the Banners on the Beach protest against deep sea drilling.

    But despite all the risks, and the obvious public opposition they drilled anyway (and found nothing).

    We then asked you, our supporters, to help fund a High Cou... Read more >

  • Procter & Gamble don't want you to see this film

    Blogpost by Nick Young - March 7, 2014 at 11:41

    If you've turned on the television in the last few months, you might have seen Procter & Gamble's new advert 'Thank You Mom'. If so, there's another side to the story you need to see.

     

    WARNING: This film contains graphic and heartbreaking content. But this is a story that must be told. 

    Procter & Gamble claims to be a 'proud sponsor of moms'. But it buys palm oil from companies that are trashing Indonesia's rainforest, destroying the habitat of the last orangutans.

    Thanks to P&G and its palm oil suppliers, many orangutan babies no longer have a mother.

    We can't let Procter & Gamble get away with it. If you haven't done so yet, please let the company know how you feel - and share this film with your friends. Read more >

  • Banners on the beach for oil free seas

    Blogpost by Nick Young - November 25, 2013 at 15:16

    What an amazing turnout for Banners on the Beach!

    Little more than two weeks ago we put a call out for a mobilisation on the beach to support the Oil Free Seas flotilla.

    That’s not much lead in time but on Saturday we saw over 5000 people on more than 45 beaches get out and get loud!

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    There were haka and there were chants of 1 2 3 4 Anadarko Out the Door, there was laughter and there were banners. Lots of banners with lots of different slogans.

    But there was one clear message: Deep Sea Drilling is not welcome in NZ waters.

    Below is a collection of photos of the people by the people, and you can shoot over to facebook and tag yourself or your mates. (If you’ve got photos to add please email them to with the beach in the subject line.)

    And it’s not over yet ...

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