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  • Seeing Greenpeace in the leading headline of Hong Kong's most prestigious financial newspaper is not something I am used to! But if you knew why, you would see how your support is bringing companies engaged in overfishing to their knees.

    It starts with a bungled financial deal we brought to light in a letter to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange three weeks ago. In an initial public offering (IPO) of shares sponsored by Deutsche Bank, one of China's largest tuna longline companies, China Tuna Industry Group (CTI), wanted to raise up to US$150 million to expand its fishing fleet.

    Here's where everything went awry: in its draft prospectus, CTI omitted serious material information about the status of the fish stock that the company catches. The fish stock has already been declared 'overfished' b... Read more >

  • EvolocityNZ - Electric super cars come to NZ

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - October 13, 2014 at 16:34

    Some of the most exciting and rapid changes in the way we shift to doing things in a cleaner, smarter way are happening in one of the most personal aspects of our lives: the car.

    Many Kiwi’s love their wheels and anyone who loves fast cars will love the latest new electric cars. You will have heard of the Tesla. If you haven’t, then where have you been? The Tesla is the car that has turned the way we look at electric cars on its head. As Elon Musk, the brains behind the Tesla said of his latest creation: “this car will crush a Porsche on the track, just crush it. And by the way, it happens to be electric”.

    As electric cars revolutionise the way we get from A to B, the visionaries at Evolocity New Zealand want to make sure that New Zealand gets a piece of the action. EVolocity are not only... Read more >

  • How LEGO got awesome to #SaveTheArctic

    Blogpost by Ian Duff - October 9, 2014 at 20:13

    Today we got the awesome news: After a three-month campaign supported by more than a million people worldwide, LEGO has announced it will not renew its contract with Arctic destroyer Shell.

    This is fantastic news for LEGO fans and Arctic defenders everywhere. And it’s a huge blow to Shell’s strategy of partnering with beloved brands to clean up its dirty image as an Arctic oil driller.

    So how did we win this victory for the Arctic? Let’s take a look back at the top five moments of our campaign:

    1. The most viral video in Greenpeace history

    A hot tub, a Game of Thrones character, a very sad polar bear, and the most depressing version of the most upbeat song you’ve ever heard. With massive media attention and almost six million views, the video was briefly taken down from YouTube due to... Read more >

  • Korea’s Fishing Crime Wave

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - October 9, 2014 at 16:15

    It’s incredible to watch the unravelling of the tangled web illegal fishers have woven around their dirty business. Fishing companies have created elaborate webs of deception stretching from Korea to New Zealand, Argentina to South Africa, and as far south as the icy Antarctic waters. But no matter how deep they try to bury their crimes, eventually they will come back to haunt them.

    Those crimes include a blatant disregard of laws and fisheries agreements, the reckless and abusive treatment of crew, and the plunder of fish for greed and short term profit. South Korea’s distant water fishing fleets are responsible for several recent cases that include all the above crimes, and have cost many human lives.

    This week, the Korean vessel Insung 3 was met with an unexpected reception when it ret... Read more >

  • ZAR LILLEYAt the weekend, large parts of the country’s biggest city and financial capital were thrown in to darkness following a power cut. It took the best part of three days to restore power to our homes and businesses and cost the regional economy tens of millions.

    The outage was so significant that the government has launched an investigation with energy and resources Minister Simon Bridges declaring that it is necessary to give “the public confidence that risks to power supply are being adequately managed” and may result in policy changes.

    And this begs some serious questions about how we can improve our current, old energy system.

    This is not the first time this year that the northern part of the country has been affected by power cuts. Back in June, powerful storms from an extreme weather e... Read more >

  • The Berlin Wall of oil begins to crumble

    Blogpost by Steve Abel - October 7, 2014 at 12:33

    The Berlin wall was a symbol of the Soviet era like no other.  When it was finally dismantled in 1989 it signalled the end of a system that had stood for nearly 70 years.  A system that shaped the political landscape of the 20th century symbolising a lack of freedom and a source of fear.    

    It is now 25 years since the Berlin Wall came down. As the bricks were shattered and families were reunited, the world rejoiced the end of the Cold War and looked forward to a better existence. It was a turning point in modern history.  

     

    Berlin Wall by Noir at the German language Wikipedia

    Now another system is showing signs of falling.

    A couple of weeks ago an iconic name (if not the iconic name) for the oil industry’s wealth and power over the past century, announced they were divesting from fossil fuels. The Rockefeller’s said, oil no more.    Read more >

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  • A week of protest against deep sea oil

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - October 3, 2014 at 14:51

    It’s been a big week! On Tuesday over 1,000 people marched up Queen Street and, in one clear voice, we said Stop Deep Sea Oil!

    The Waiho Papa Moana hikoi came down from Cape Reinga and together we marched on the ‘Petroleum Summit’ oil industry conference at Skycity. There we delivered an emphatic message to Statoil - and anyone else wanting to threaten our seas and coastlines with deep sea drilling: Go home - you are not wanted here.

    Hikoi

    Security was high and the oil men kept their heads down, but the industry and the Government certainly got the message: New Zealanders do not want deep sea drilling. 

    Then on Wednesday a small team of Greenpeace activists breached security at the petroleum conference to deliver the message again.

    Statoil Go Home

    You can watch the TV3 news report here.

    That same day, a... Read more >

  • Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - October 1, 2014 at 9:43

    More than 1,000 people marched up Queen Streen in Auckland yesterday, as part of the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi, to protest outside Sky City at the New Zealand Petroleum Summit against plans to begin deep sea oil drilling in the north of New Zealand by Norwegian oil company Statoil. Congratulations to everyone who came along, we made quite an impression.

    Marama Davidson spoke to the crowd; “Indigenous mothers around the world are rising up against the greed of all industries.” “We say to Statoil, and this government who are entertaining them, you are not smart. You are a risk to our environment. You are a risk to our economy. And you are a risk to our children today and our mokopuna to come.”

    Steve Abel from Greenpeace said that “As we stand here today in our hundreds and our thousands, we ... Read more >

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