Highlights from the 2011 Stop Deep Sea Oil Flotilla

This is the story of the 2011 flotilla opposing deep sea oil drilling, a group of boats that sailed in the name of te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Greenpeace, the Nuclear Free Flotilla, Forest and Bird, anti-mining group Coromandel Watchdog, the Coal Action Network (CAN), Board Riders against Drilling, and climate action group 350 Aotearoa, to protest the exploration for deep sea oil off the East Cape.

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THE VEGA

The SV Vega is an 11.5 metre ketch launched in 1949 near Whangarei. Built on a Northland beach without the aid of power tools, she was planked from a single kauri log. In the early 1970’s she was bought by David McTaggart, a Canadian living in New Zealand, who went on to become the Chair of Greenpeace International.

Vega has participated in campaigns around the globe promoting Nuclear Free Seas, highlighting toxic issues, opposing driftnets and working to protect the environment.

 

INFINITY

Infinity is used for environment research and awareness raising, sailing extensively across the Pacific Ocean. Skipper Clemes Oestreich says “We didn’t want to be a spectator and use the Pacific for our pleasure. We wanted to contribute”.

The crew of Infinity have participated in scientific research into the coral reef crisis across Asian waters and the Pacific Ocean, whale observation and threatened bird research with Birdlife International.

An ongoing project is filming interviews of Pacific people’s observations and oral history on climate change impacts they see in their lives and their vision of the future.

 

SIOME

Siome is just over 20 metres long, made of steel and built in 1988 by Alan Meyer and his family. Siome has had a busy life from being a family home for 20 years where six kids were raised as they travelled round world to being used to tag turtles on the Atlantic for research.

The next year, the crew of Siome successfully urged the Government of Vanuatu to make a stance against nuclear fuel ship movements through their waters.


SECRET AFFAIR

Secret Affair is a 44-foot long gulf cruiser built in 1982 that has been with David Armstrong for 14 years. She’s very fast and weathered a few Pacific cyclones and challenged the French Government’s nuclear testing in the Pacific.

 

WINDBOURNE

Windbourne, originally built in England, came to New Zealand 30 years ago where she was renovated in Nelson. Windbourne has been with current skipper Avon Hansford for seven years. He says much of her history is lost.

The current flotilla is possibly Windbourne’s first time at the environmental front line.

The latest updates

 

The Flotilla’s back … but we’ve only just begun

Blog entry by Jay Harkness | May 23, 2011

If a Petrobras executive had happened to be on Auckland’s waterfront on the morning of Saturday, May 21, they would now be seriously worried about their company’s investment into deep sea oil in New Zealand. That’s because they...

Will the rush for Arctic oil push us over a stupidity tipping point?

Blog entry by Iris Cheng | May 20, 2011

The Arctic sea ice has retreated steadily for the past 10 years reaching record lows, or close to it, every year. The retreat promises to reveal all manner of riches for those willing to risk everything. Unfortunately there seems to be...

Prime Minister Seriously Misrepresents Meeting with Tribal Leaders

Blog entry by Dayle Takitimu | May 13, 2011

This week John Key has been reported publicly saying “he had met with Ngati Porou and Whanau Apanui representatives last week and they had reiterated they were not opposed to progress or mining but wanted reassurance that it be done...

Petrobras’ Oil Survey Ship Leaves Raukūmara Basin – Don’t Come Back Now Y’Hear!

Press release | May 8, 2011 at 18:30

Sunday, 8 May 2011, Ōpōtiki: Petrobras’ announcement today that their oil survey ship has left the Raukūmara Basin has opponents satisfied that protests on land and at sea have sent a loud, clear message to the oil industry that New Zealanders...

Flotilla Returns to Oil Survey Zone After Protests Outside Annual National Party...

Press release | May 8, 2011 at 14:00

Wharekahika/Hick’s Bay, Sunday 8 May 2011: The flotilla opposing deep sea oil drilling with replenished supplies and crew quietly left Wharekahika this afternoon for the Raukūmara Basin. This followed a loud and festive protest of eighty people...

Tiama joins the Flotilla to Stop Deep Sea Oil

Blog entry by Henk Haazen | April 28, 2011

Henk Haazen is the owner/skipper of the yacht Tiama. He gives his perspective on the work of the Flotilla to Stop Deep Sea Oil. April 22 2011   We finally arrived at East Cape after a 750 mile, five day journey from Bluff, to...

Elvis to appear in Tauranga

Blog entry by Nick Young | April 28, 2011

On Saturday one of the vessels in the deep sea oil protest flotilla was boarded by police and the skipper - Elvis Teddy - arrested. Aboard the San Pietro, Elvis and his crew including te Whanau a Apanui tribal leader Rikirangi...

Flotilla harbours in Tauranga to support Captain Elvis

Press release | April 26, 2011 at 14:45

29 April 2011 - Tauranga: The flotilla of boats opposing deep sea oil exploration off East Cape sailed into Tauranga this morning to support their fellow skipper Elvis Teddy, of te Wha-nau a- Apanui fishing vessel San Pietro. Elvis Teddy was...

Iwi Fishing Boat Disrupts Oil Survey Ship

Blog entry by Nick Young | April 23, 2011

Today in the face of navy warship HMNZS Taupo , the crew of te Wh ā nau ā Apanui’s fishing boat San Pietro went fishing at a safe distance in front of the deep sea oil survey ship, Orient Explorer. The longline with ...

Deteriorating weather conditions force activists to end Arctic oil rig protest

Blog entry by Jess Miller | April 23, 2011

After bold action to stop Arctic drilling, the climbers have been forced by bad weather to end their protest onboard the world’s second largest oil rig, the Leiv Eiriksson. Early this morning, activists intercepted the Cairn...

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