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  • 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 >

  • March to #StopDeepSeaOil and #StopStatoil

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 30, 2014 at 7:49

    There have been amazing and moving scenes in Northland as the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi made its way down from Cape Reinga to stand up for their coast, their way of life and for future generations.

    And they are not alone. They’ve been joined along the way by people from the East Cape and Kaikoura who are also under threat from deep sea oil drilling

    Today is the chance for Aucklander’s to join this important movement in defence of our oceans by joining the Hikoi at 12 Noon at Britmart for the March up Queen St to the NZ Oil conference at SkyCity.

    Will you join us to make our all of our voices heard for a clean energy future? Meet us opposite Britomart today (Tuesday) at 12 noon -- click here for details.

    Statoil are a Norwegian Oil company who want to do risky deep sea drilling off Northl...
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  • President of Kiribati visits the Arctic

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - September 29, 2014 at 12:05

    Anote Tong, President of the Pacific Republic of Kiribati

    In September 2014 Anote Tong, President of the Pacific Republic of Kiribati, journeyed to the Arctic to see first hand the melting Arctic glaciers that are affecting his drowning Pacific paradise.

    Sea levels are rising faster in the Central-West Pacific than nearly anywhere else in the world, forcing the Islands of Kiribati, with a population of 100 000, to prepare to be wiped out.

    Like most people, President Tong had never been to the Arctic. And it turned out to be a powerful experience.

    "Kiribati is a beautiful island. But very vulnerable. Very low-lying and therefore highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, particularly of sea level rise. And so, our future days are numbered. Our islands will be severely affected to the extent that within this century, perhaps even befo... Read more >

  • Auckland march to #StopDeepSeaOil

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 27, 2014 at 19:29

    March to stop deep sea oilAs New Zealand elected John Key's National Government for a third term, the world witnessed the largest climate protest in history. More than 600,000 people made the call for a clean energy future in the 'People's Climate March'.

    Climate Voter clocked in at more than 62,000 and showed that there is a strong desire in New Zealand for action on climate change, and for a cleaner smarter economy.

    New Zealand’s election result is not a mandate for climate in-action. It is not a mandate for more deep sea oil drilling, fracking, mining, and more roads -- and we must not let it be seen as that.

    It’s now up to all of us now to turn up the volume, maintain the momentum and transform those numbers online to numbers on the street! Like all effective movements, we take a long view and we keep on turnin...
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  • Climate action – who is stopping us?

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - September 25, 2014 at 11:53

    The world has changed since our leaders discussed climate change in 2009. It has become even more evident; ravaging crops in Africa, melting ice in the Arctic, drowning the Philippines and drying-up California. The poor are paying the highest price. But ever since super storm Sandy hit New York, even the rich in industrialized countries know that they can't hide from devastating climate change in their gated communities.  

    Climate change is not on its way. It's already here.

    Yet, cost-effective, sensible solutions have also made quantum leaps since 2009. Clean, renewable energy is getting bigger, better and cheaper every day. It can provide the answers our exhausted planet is looking for. Renewables are the most economical solution for new power capacity in an ever-increasing number of co... Read more >

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