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  • Life as an oceans campaigner in Wellington

    Blogpost by Sarah Yates - December 6, 2013 at 13:56

    Hi guys, Sarah here – this is an update of our trip to Wellington so far.

    I spent most of yesterday talking to local businesses about our ‘shark art’ event, getting really positive responses from them. I also had time to meet some ‘Save our Maui and Hector Dolphins’ group who had a march earlier in the day.

    Shark Fins in the Lagoon

    In the evening I met up with the Greenpeace crew who drove down from Auckland although there was no time for chitter chatter as we had one hour to get ready for the Kids Can Santa race.

    It was a bit of a bumpy start as Damien the finless shark had more buoyancy than expected.  So after filling the tank a couple of times and some help from the nice guys at Fergs Kayaks we decided to drain the tank and sort that problem out later as there was a race to win!  

    But the problems with Da...

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  • Tide turns on Key’s oil drilling plans

    Blogpost by Steve Abel - December 5, 2013 at 17:09

    As John Key scowled his faux-indifferent disdain at the nation wide banners on the beach protest against oil drilling a couple of Saturdays ago, a few things were betrayed. Read more >

    In the battle of public opinion, deep sea oil drilling is losing and Key knows it.

    Whereas a year ago he would have claimed that “most” or “a majority” back the offshore program, he says now that a “large group” of New Zealanders support drilling. He picks his words.  His “rent a crowd” dismissive shows just how ticked off he is - ticked off because the swing of public feeling is against a deep sea drilling strategy that looks out of step with the warming climate, with our clean green export reputation and with our total inability to deal with the potential disasters that are inherent to deep sea drilling.

    Aside from ...

  • Enough is enough; we need to reclaim our seas and fisheries now

    Blogpost by Duncan Williams - December 4, 2013 at 10:47

    Greenpeace activists unfold a banner next to a cluster of foreign longline fishing vessels at a harbour in the Pacific reading “Fewer boats more fish WCPFC Act Now!” urging the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to act with urgency to save the fate of Pacific tuna and those who depend on it.  ©James Alcock/Greenpeace

     

    The Western and Central Pacific is the world’s largest tuna fishery, with millions of people depending on it for food and their livelihoods. It is also an economic lifeline for many of our region’s small island states. But there is trouble in paradise. More and more boats are entering the fishery from developed nations eager to profit from this 7 billion USD per annum fishery. Pacific tuna stocks, in particular bigeye and yellowfin tuna, are at recor... Read more >

  • Getting the Arctic 30 home

    Blogpost by Aaron Gray-Block - December 3, 2013 at 9:09

    Australian activist Colin Russell has finally been released from a St. Petersburg detention center, the last of the Arctic 30 detainees to be freed on bail after the seizure of the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise more than two months ago.

    With many of the world's media gathered around him, photos of Colin's release show him smiling and hugged by friends, finally freed. He was later reunited with his wife Christine and daughter Madeleine, who both flew into Russia on Friday.

    Paul Myler, Australia's ambassador to Russia, was quick to welcome the news, tweeting: "Great result for Colin! Was getting worried that Friday afternoon, bureaucracy and paperwork might conspire against us!"

    Colin's release is long overdue. More than 70 days ago, Russian security agents illegally board... Read more >

  • Forbidden Pictures: Dima's Story

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - December 1, 2013 at 9:55

    Dima Sharomov. © Igor Podgorny / GreenpeaceIt's dark in Murmansk. A railway security guard yawns, his breath visible in the frigid air, and waves through one of the workers arriving for the early morning shift. He barely glances at him.

    Had the guard looked closer, he might have noticed that the worker's face was unfamiliar; that his fluorescent vest wasn't railway issue but bought in a hardware store — that his Valenki boots were brand new. And had he looked in his bag, he might have wondered why instead of ironworking tools there was nothing but a camera with a long lens.

    A check of his ID would have revealed that he was Dmitri (Dima) Sharomov, and that he was not, in fact, a railway worker.

    Dima was working undercover as a freelance photojournalist commissioned by Greenpeace International. His mission was simple: docum... Read more >

  • Maui's dolphin announcement is an extinction plan, not a recovery plan

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - November 27, 2013 at 10:45

    On Monday – one year, eight months and 12 days after the government released the alarming news that there were only 55 Maui's dolphins over the age of one left on the planet – the Minister of Conservation finally announced what he intends to do about this wildlife emergency.

    The delay speaks volumes about the priority the government is giving to this issue. Much greater priority has been given to seismic surveying work earlier this year -right in the middle of Maui's habitat, using deafening techniques known to be hazardous to marine mammals.


    The Minister's plan fails miserably to protect Maui's dolphins. It extends the protected area (where no gill net and trawl fishing is allowed, as these techniques are responsible for 95% of the threat to Maui's dolphins) by only a tiny amount. The Mi... Read more >

  • Simon’s Story

    Blogpost by Ana Mules - November 26, 2013 at 15:59

    Every man has a story. A history.

    Here are a few blokes you may recognise, and the stories that define them:

    The Rock

     A man of his word. Reliable. A muck in kinda bloke - the guy you call when you need a hand with one of those stink jobs only the top buggers can handle. Like babysitting an incontinent dog. Or moving a piano.

    Mr Cucumber

    He doesn't lose his cool. He's zen as. Whether it’s navigating the tinny through choppy waters, or saving a barbie of snarlers from a mini inferno, this guy's a steady hand. He always knows what to do, and do it he does. Without a flap or a fuss. 

    The Staunch Fella

    He knows who he is. He has morals. He remembers what his grandparents taught him about respect. Respect of people, of place. Money can’t buy him.

    There are many other types of blokes. T... Read more >

  • Banners on the beach for oil free seas

    Blogpost by Nick Young - November 25, 2013 at 15:16

    What an amazing turnout for Banners on the Beach!

    Little more than two weeks ago we put a call out for a mobilisation on the beach to support the Oil Free Seas flotilla.

    That’s not much lead in time but on Saturday we saw over 5000 people on more than 45 beaches get out and get loud!

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    There were haka and there were chants of 1 2 3 4 Anadarko Out the Door, there was laughter and there were banners. Lots of banners with lots of different slogans.

    But there was one clear message: Deep Sea Drilling is not welcome in NZ waters.

    Below is a collection of photos of the people by the people, and you can shoot over to facebook and tag yourself or your mates. (If you’ve got photos to add please email them to with the beach in the subject line.)

    And it’s not over yet ...

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