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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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    Nick Wangford, New Zealand

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    Aimee Baker, New Zealand

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    Yusrah Abdurahman, New Zealand

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    Iain Robertson, New Zealand

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    Nikita Arnold, New Zealand

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    Saskia Anderson, New Zealand

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    Sarah Butler, New Zealand

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    Kate Hunt, New Zealand

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    Steven Michael Smith, United States

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    Toni McCray, United States

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    donald matheson, New Zealand

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    Robyn Humphries, New Zealand

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    Leonie tolua, New Zealand

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    Sharon Fletcher, New Zealand

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    Kahurangi Tai, New Zealand

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    Zara Tai, New Zealand

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    Te Atawhai Beirne, New Zealand

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    Eru Loach, New Zealand

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    Ishtar Hunter, New Zealand

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    Huki Charles Nepi, New Zealand

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    Christopher Cowan, New Zealand

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    Te Pora Thompson-Evans, New Zealand

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    Ngaio Taana, New Zealand

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    Rawiri Hira Tamarangi Bhana, New Zealand

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    Peter Hunter, New Zealand

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    Kirstyann Hunter, New Zealand

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    Leonie matoe, New Zealand

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    Tania Hodges, New Zealand

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    Britina Edwards, New Zealand

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    Steve Kenny, New Zealand

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    adrienne tibble, New Zealand

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    Jessica Godwin, New Zealand

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    Sean Berry, New Zealand

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    Oxana Gert, Russian Federation

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    Gonçalo Cerqueira, Portugal

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    Mike Schoepping Schoepping, New Zealand

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    Metua Tangaroa-Daniel-Malietoa, New Zealand

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    Abbeyrose Neho, New Zealand

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    Paara Jessica Maireroa, New Zealand

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    Nick Young, New Zealand

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    Haiden Charles Harrington, New Zealand

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    Edward Carter, New Zealand

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    Timothy Carter, New Zealand

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    Maddison Kay, New Zealand

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    Sofia Zlotkowska-Eddy, New Zealand

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    roxy coomber

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    Alexandra Daniel, New Zealand

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    Moonchild Alnilam, New Zealand

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    devika kaul, United States

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    Hana Rochford Barber, 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