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In defence of the right to peaceful protest at sea

This proposed new law is an assault on the honourable Kiwi values of having a say and being able to stand up for our country.

Simon Bridges' new law is a sledgehammer designed to attack peaceful protest at sea. It is being bundled through Parliament without proper scrutiny despite its significant constitutional, democratic and human rights implications.

New Zealanders have a rich history of protesting at sea. It is a part of who we are. The boats that set sail to stop French nuclear testing led to a proud legacy that defines us, and our country.

The proposed amendments breach international law, and attack our democratic freedoms.

That's why we, the below signed, strongly oppose Simon Bridges' proposed amendment to the Crown Minerals Bill.


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    cheyenne jade leslie ward, New Zealand

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    Maureen Howard, New Zealand

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    Natasha Luke, New Zealand

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    jade Ruzicka-Pike, New Zealand

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    Leila Wilcox, New Zealand

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    7 days ago

    Amy Mitrovic , New Zealand

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    Jayme Hawea, New Zealand

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    Kristina Reid, New Zealand

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    Nukuroa Tirikatene-Nash, New Zealand

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    14 days ago

    krysana rodway, New Zealand

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    Dwight Brbich, New Zealand

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    Christina Tunnicliff, New Zealand

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    Nicola Cryer, New Zealand

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    23 days ago

    Paul Fielding, New Zealand

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    26 days ago

    Alicia Littlejohn, New Zealand

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    one month ago

    Marion Kraus, Germany

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    Ben MacManus, New Zealand

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    Helen Florence Flight, New Zealand

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    Bronwyn Davis, New Zealand

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    Nicola Roys, New Zealand

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    steven walker, New Zealand

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    angela yerkovich, New Zealand

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    oliver coulson, New Zealand

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    Claudia Gottschalk, Germany

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    Eden Barley, New Zealand

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    Ellen Ozarka, New Zealand

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    Diana Martin, Spain

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    Ursula Piazzolla, Italy

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    Paulo Nührich, Brazil

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    karen Donaldson, New Zealand

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    Carlos A. Musfeldt, Argentina

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    Tara Hutton, New Zealand

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    Siddhartha Erasmus, South Africa

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    Madison Tomlin, New Zealand

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    Brennan Martin, New Zealand

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    Anne Harris, New Zealand

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    one month ago

    Wendy Groves, New Zealand

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    2 months ago

    Holly McGrouther, New Zealand

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    2 months ago

    Kathleenjoy Rosalia Katleya Almondia, Philippines

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    2 months ago

    Janett Levien, New Zealand

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    Edmund Dickie, New Zealand

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    Rhian Diggle, New Zealand

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    Rhian Diggle, New Zealand

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    Rhian Diggle, New Zealand

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    Hiren Makwana, India

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    Fatai Manavahetau, New Zealand

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    Elizabet Nipper, United States

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    3 months ago

    Judd Munro, New Zealand

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    3 months ago

    Teagan Frazer-Bristow, New Zealand

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    3 months ago

    Caroline Chambers, New Zealand


Defend the Right to Peaceful Protest at Sea: Reject The Anadarko Amendment
The New Zealand Government is pandering to the interests of foreign oil companies by pushing through a new law to criminalise certain crucial rights to peaceful protest at sea. Rights that helped us to become a nuclear free nation and end nuclear testing in the Pacific.

Designed to benefit foreign oil companies and penalise ordinary New Zealanders, the 'Anadarko Amendment' was announced on Easter Sunday by Energy Minister Simon Bridges. It will not be open to consultation or vetting for breaches of the Bill of Rights.

It is an affront to New Zealand’s democracy, and to our long held right and proud tradition of peaceful protest at sea.

Sign on to this statement now to make a stand in defence of the right to protest at sea.

Here's the full legal opinion (PDF) and some additional context (PDF).

These People & Groups Signed the Statement:

George Armstrong, Founder Peace Squadron
Rt. Hon. Geoffrey Palmer QC
Peter Williams QC
Rikirangi Gage, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui
Sir Ngatata Love
Dame Anne Salmond
Jeanette Fitzsimons
Bryan Gould, Former Chancellor of Waikato University
Lucy Lawless
WWF-New Zealand
Forest and Bird
Coal Action Network Aotearoa
Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki
Peace Movement Aotearoa
NZ Council of Trade Unions, Helen Kelly
Sustainability Council, Simon Terry
Amnesty International NZ
Human Rights Foundation of Aotearoa New Zealand
Generation Zero
Global Poverty Project, NZ
Oil Free Wellington
KASM (Kiwis against Seabed Mining)
Clean Energy Future, Nelson
Surfbreak Protection Society Inc.
MineWatch Northland
Maria Tyrrell, (daughter of Captain Alan Tyrrell, who Captained the HMNZS Otago at the Mururoa protests in 1973)
Anton Oliver, ex All Black Captain