Renowned Political cartoonist Malcolm Evans puts paintbrush to billboard over climate change issue at Queens wharf,Wellington where Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior is docked. (C) GREENPEACE / SHAROMOV
Renowned Political cartoonist Malcolm Evans puts paintbrush to billboard over climate change issue at Queens wharf,Wellington where Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior is docked. (C) GREENPEACE / SHAROMOV
Today. Wellington. Unseasonably still and hot. As 1:30pm rolls around, lunching office workers begin milling about Queens Wharf, where the Rainbow Warrior is docked. A blue-shirted man wielding a paintbrush stands at the ready beside a blank billboard canvas on the quayside. This is Malcolm Evans, prolific political cartoonist. And he’s about to put brush to paper over climate change. It’s something I’ve never seen before, a live billboard drawing. Each flick of the brush reveals something big and new – an elephant tusk, an expletive. It’s like watching a story unfold. By the end the moral is clear. Our politicians need to wake up.

A cartoonist for most of his working life, Malcolm Evans was the current NZ Cartoonist of the year when, in 2003, he was controversially dismissed from the NZ Herald for refusing to allow the Editor to dictate what subject matter he could address. With 12 books of cartoons published Evans has twice been Qantas New Zealand Cartoonist of the year and several times a finalist, and his cartoons and caricatures continue to illustrate many books and articles.

Renowned Political cartoonist Malcolm Evans puts paintbrush to billboard over climate change issue at Queens wharf,Wellington where Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior is docked. (c) GREENPEACE / SHAROMOV
Renowned Political cartoonist Malcolm Evans puts paintbrush to billboard over climate change issue at Queens wharf,Wellington where Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior is docked. (c) GREENPEACE / SHAROMOV