Greenpeace climbers unfurl a Target Climate Change banner while hanging from the hull of Solid Energy’s coal ship, the Hellenic Sea. Lyttelton, New Zealand, 2008. Greenpeace / Dimitri Sharomov
Greenpeace climbers unfurl a Target Climate Change banner while hanging from the hull of Solid Energy’s coal ship, the Hellenic Sea. Lyttelton, New Zealand, 2008. Greenpeace / Dimitri Sharomov
Activists on the side of the Hellenic Sea (C) GREENPEACE / Sharomov
Activists on the side of the Hellenic Sea (C) GREENPEACE / Sharomov
The Rainbow Warrior has been boarded by police and moved off it's position by tug boats. The three activists on the side of the coal shipment were hosed down with high pressure hoses by the crew and then removed by police. They, along with another three people in a Greenpeace inflatable, have been arrested and taken to Christchurch Central Police station.

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the coal ship has managed to leave port. Nonetheless we are happy to have brought attention to the double standards at play with climate policy in New Zealand.

Greenpeace climbers hang from the hull of Solid Energy’s coal ship, the Hellenic Sea. Workers respond by power-hosing the climbers from the deck of the ship. Lyttelton, New Zealand, 2008. Greenpeace / Dimitri Sharomov
Greenpeace climbers hang from the hull of Solid Energy’s coal ship, the Hellenic Sea. Workers respond by power-hosing the climbers from the deck of the ship. Lyttelton, New Zealand, 2008. Greenpeace / Dimitri Sharomov
The New Zealand government paints itself as clean and green, yet every year we are exporting millions of tonnes of coal for use in other countries; effectively shipping climate change offshore. And the state owned company Solid Energy responsible for the coal being shipped today has plans to expand mining, exports and domestic burning of coal.

It is totally nuts for this to be happening at a time when one of the most important things we could be doing is phasing out fossil fuels.

The New Zealand Government must get serious on climate change.

Talk is cheap - we need action.

Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior blocks the State Owned Enterprise Solid Energy’s coal ship the Hellenic Sea from leaving the Port of Lyttelton. The 225-metre bulker carries up to 60 thousand tonnes of export coal. This is the first time the Rainbow Warrior has been used to block another ship in New Zealand. Activists show the banner. Lyttelton, New Zealand, 2008. Greenpeace / Dimitri Sharomov
Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior blocks the State Owned Enterprise Solid Energy’s coal ship the Hellenic Sea from leaving the Port of Lyttelton. The 225-metre bulker carries up to 60 thousand tonnes of export coal. This is the first time the Rainbow Warrior has been used to block another ship in New Zealand. Activists show the banner. Lyttelton, New Zealand, 2008. Greenpeace / Dimitri Sharomov

Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior blocks the State Owned Enterprise Solid Energy’s coal ship the Hellenic Sea from leaving the Port of Lyttelton. The 225-metre bulker carries up to 60 thousand tonnes of export coal. This is the first time the Rainbow Warrior has been used to block another ship in New Zealand. The Police arrest one of the climbers. Lyttelton, New Zealand, 2008. Greenpeace / Dimitri Sharomov
Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior blocks the State Owned Enterprise Solid Energy’s coal ship the Hellenic Sea from leaving the Port of Lyttelton. The 225-metre bulker carries up to 60 thousand tonnes of export coal. This is the first time the Rainbow Warrior has been used to block another ship in New Zealand. The Police arrest one of the climbers. Lyttelton, New Zealand, 2008. Greenpeace / Dimitri Sharomov