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  • 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 ...

  • The "longline" of suffering and destruction

    Blogpost by Sari Tolvanen - November 21, 2013 at 10:09

    Tuna longline fisheries are one of the most scandalous fishing businesses on the planet, operating mostly out of sight and out of control. Longlining is the fishing method that catches the big valuable tunas aimed at fulfilling the growing global demand for sushi as well as for albacore tuna canned for the North American market.

    Click to enlarge Infographic

    Nobody really has accurate numbers of just how many longline vessels are out there in the oceans but conservative estimates put the figure at over 5000. Each of these vessels can line of up to 170km long with 3000 baited hooks that lure and catch tuna, marlins and sharks and bycatch of other marine life, including endangered species such as seabirds and sea turtles, which end up tossed overboard.

    Many longline vessels use techniques... Read more >

  • Yesterday, the calm of our peaceful flotilla was broken. In 24 hours we’ve gone from a collection of yachts enjoying the company of whales, sharks, dolphins along with a lot of other spectacular Tasman wildlife, to living in the shadow of Anadarko’s monstrous drill ship the Noble Bob Douglas.

    The Noble Bob Douglas arrives at the proposed drill site

    As the sun rose this morning over this beautiful section of the Pacific, the scene was dominated by the ugly sight of ‘Bob’. Just to give the size of this behemoth some context, Ros on the Baltazar described it’s approach yesterday like this: "Even while it was several miles away we could hear the roaring of Bob's engine room fans & see black smoke pluming" - you can imagine what it’s like floating here less than 500m from it!

    We’re not only out here to protect this unique environment, we’re also h...

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  • Waiting for the (ig)Noble Bob Douglas

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - November 18, 2013 at 19:32

    Out on the Tasman it is still, sunny and calm. The water has been so flat lately that, ironically, it’s technically known as "oily seas" because there’s a sheen over the water. Take note of this though because it’s the only time you’ll ever see me happy with oily seas!