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  • The Governments oil salesman Simon Bridges just can’t catch a break these days. Whether it’s having to admit that he’d never even heard of NZ’s largest forest park (Victoria FP) which he’d just opened up to drillers or getting stick for allowing oil exploration in the home of the last 55 Maui’s dolphins on earth, it seems like everyone’s on his back.

    Now it’s all happening again for poor Simon as he has to defend the Government spending the very “modest” sum of $240,000 of taxpayers' money on wining and dining 11 oil executives for four days in 2011 - on top of the nearly $50 million a year in subsidies and tax breaks for the oil industry.

    The government is clearly fully supportive of pulling out all the stops in the bid to impress here, even though the bill for food and drinks alone came...

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  • Jessica Edberg is a mother of two. Her daughter, Lily, aged 7, took part in a playful protest yesterday against LEGO's partnership with Shell. 50 kids in total protested by building three giant LEGO Arctic animals outside of Shell's HQ in London. With their parents and guardians, they called on LEGO to stop promoting Shell's logo on LEGO toys because kids love the Arctic and don't want Shell to destroy it.

    My partner and I thought long and hard about joining this campaign; of course as adults we agree with both the message and the methods of Greenpeace. But we do not want to put words into our children's mouths, so our biggest concerns were whether our children would understand what they were doing, and would they understand why?

    After reading the brief from Greenpeace we felt reassured... Read more >

  • Minister for Conservation of What?

    Blogpost by Rosalind Atkinson - July 29, 2014 at 11:07

    Attendees at the Fish and Game council’s hui earlier this month raised concerns over Conservation Minister Nick Smith’s attempt to reduce their ability to advocate for freshwater quality. The Minister is said to have implied that he would restructure the council unless they became less ‘noisy’ and stopped behaving like a ‘rabid NGO’.