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  • Shark finning sucks. Sort it out New Zealand!

    Blogpost by Willie Mackenzie - August 30, 2013 at 9:58

    There’s nothing defensible about shark finning. It’s the marine equivalent of the poachers who kill rhinos to hack off their horns or kill elephants to hack off their tusks. It’s not dissimilar to killing bears or tigers for spurious ‘traditional’ cures either. But it happens out at sea, to animals which don’t have big brown eyes, and which aren’t usually touted as cuddly toys or ‘adoptable’. They rarely win public polls on favourite animals, yet they fill column inches every silly scaremongering summer season in the tabloids.

    Sure, some shark-human encounters don’t go well for the humans, but that’s equally true of lions and tigers and bears. Mutual respect goes a long way when it comes to dealing with large predators.

    The vast majority of human-shark encounters though see the sh... Read more >

  • Your backyard is no longer your business

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - August 30, 2013 at 8:48

    A while back, the respected political expert Bryce Edwards wrote a piece in the Herald under the title: “Democracy under attack, again”. It was written amidst the controversy surrounding the law reforms to allow spying on people like you and me. And he’s not been a lone voice in this.

    Many other high-profile, well-respected experts such as Dame Anne Salmond, former PM Sir Geoffrey Palmer and the Law Commission have come forward to express their concerns that the relationship between the John Key government and the people of New Zealand has broken down.

    From spying on Kim Dotcom and defence journalist John Stephenson to accessing Andrea Vance’s emails and phone records, we have seen a blatant disregard for both the rule of law and our privacy. And if John Key doesn’t like the law, then h... Read more >

  • NZ not a happy place for sharks

    Blogpost by Phil Crawford - August 29, 2013 at 9:29

    New Zealand is being left behind as countries around the world move to ban shark finning.

    This week India joined that movement. Responding to falling shark numbers due, in part, to shark finning the Indian government has announced a ban on shark finning in Indian waters. Fishermen will face up to seven years in jail if they break the ban in its waters. Meanwhile, in 100% pure NZ, the practice of killing a shark, just for its fins, and dumping its body back in the ocean is still perfectly legal.

    According to a recent report India is the world's second-largest shark-catching country with New Zealand ranked at 13th. However, India has now joined almost 100 other countries and states to ban shark finning while New Zealand isn’t even on the list.

    Every year around 100 million sharks are kil... Read more >

  • YouTube takes down Greenpeace Shell video

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - August 28, 2013 at 7:16

    Video of our rather hilarious hijack of Sunday's Shell-sponsored Formula 1 ceremony has been pulled by YouTube following a "Copyright" (AKA "Embarrassment") complaint. While the take down appears to have been ordered by the Formula 1 organisers, we suspect Shell is pleased. They may even be behind it. Now, why would we think that?

    Well, it wouldn't be the first time that a corporation has tried to silence a Greenpeace parody or critical piece by claiming they own their name and therefore any content mentioning them.

    Nestle attempted that with a video we made exposing Kit Kat's complicity in forest destruction, and the result was one of the greatest Social Media brand meltdowns ever: a case study today in how NOT to respond to criticism on the internet. Shell may not have gotten the memo.... Read more >

  • Shark finning in your living room

    Blogpost by Phil Crawford - August 26, 2013 at 16:32

    Shark finning is banned by many countries but it’s still legal in New Zealand.

    Not a lot of people know that. But, thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the creative team at Colenso BBDO, we’ve been able to produce and screen a TV advert  to raise awareness of this senseless and wasteful practice happening in our clean, green and blue waters.


    The ad shows what shark finning looks like – dragging a shark on board, killing it, slicing off its fins and dumping its body back in the ocean (due to broadcasting standards we weren’t allowed to include the most violent act on TV although, if you can stomach it, it’s included in another video we’ve just released).

    Shark finning is not a practice the New Zealand fishing industry, or our government, is keen to promote so finding grap... Read more >

  • It's time to separate the sponsor from the sport

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - August 26, 2013 at 8:19

    Much like the movement to save the Arctic, Grand Prix fans are made up of all sorts of people. I would know — I was a big fan of the sport growing up. Is it possible that a lifelong environmental and social justice activist can harbor a secret love of racing? I’d like to think we embrace diversity in the movement and celebrate different points of view. In fact, I bet there are plenty of environmentalists in the grandstands at the F1 today, just as there are many secret F1 fans in Greenpeace!

    My interest in F1 started way back when I had a roommate who absolutely loved it — she would sometimes get up at 2 o'clock in the morning just to watch it. And before long, she got me hooked, too. So I can certainly respect the technology, sportsmanship and innovation that are at the heart of the Fo... Read more >

  • Insane PR circus rocks Holland... but it's not that polar bear thing

    Blogpost by James Turner - August 24, 2013 at 15:17

    "Accidents are as inevitable as breath. There is only one way to fully avoid accidents, and that is to die. When you are dead, no accidents." -- Timur Grigoluk, Polar Partners.

    The art of public relations is difficult, especially when you’re in the business of Arctic oil drilling. On one hand you have an almost unlimited amount of money to spend, but on the other you’re trying to persuade people that it’s perfectly sensible to do something that my six-year-old nephew describes as ‘very silly’.

    Royal Dutch Shell and Russian energy giant Gazprom have very different approaches to public relations but are now working together to pump oil from the Arctic as the ice melts. That’s why we worked with the Yes Lab to create a new brand for the two companies, the Polar Partnership, commemorated by... Read more >

  • Choices, voices and being heard

    Blogpost by Arin de Hoog - August 23, 2013 at 7:37

    Every day we have to make choices. For many, the choice is whether or not to do something to protect our environment.

    For a few of us, there is no choice at all. We do what we have to do to tell the world that there are wrongs that need to be made right. Whereas for most, telling the world costs a few moments of their time, for select others, telling the world is at the cost of imprisonment.

    The past few months have seen that select brave few risking their freedom as they were secured to mooring lines, clinging to the side of a glass building and hanging from a bridge high in the air. For some it was a gruelling 15 hours of climbing, for others, it was days spent on a bridge suspension cable hoping the people who needed to hear what they were saying were really listening.

    For Greenpe... Read more >

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