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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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    Jesse Irving, New Zealand

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    27 days ago

    Marie Davis, New Zealand

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    29 days ago

    Eshna Prasad, New Zealand

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    one month ago

    Marten Nichols, Canada

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    one month ago

    Veronica Ellis, New Zealand

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    one month ago

    Tanya Lumsden, New Zealand

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    one month ago

    Andrea Graves, New Zealand

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    Amber Houghton, New Zealand

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    Katrina Lamont, New Zealand

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    Donita Lowrey, United States

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    Donita Lowrey, United States

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    Luke McKechnie Palmer, New Zealand

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    Jessica Hickey, New Zealand

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    Nina Weir, New Zealand

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    Clare Goodin, New Zealand

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    Lucy Zhou, New Zealand

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    O'Love Uluave, New Zealand

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    Mara Vecele, Latvia

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    Aaron Prentice

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    7 months ago

    joey dagarin, New Zealand

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    Rebecca Walker, New Zealand

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    Holly VM

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    Dean Allan Slickis, United States

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    jo taylor, New Zealand

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    7 months ago

    Caryn Nigro, New Zealand

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    Doris Nancy Gertrude, Sri Lanka

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    Doris Fagger, Netherlands

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    Loren Honey, New Zealand

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    Emma Corbishley, New Zealand

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    Brenna Deacon, New Zealand

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    Gretchin Francias King, Micronesia, Federated States of

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    Deandra Linclon, United States

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    Deandra Linclon, United States

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    Jenkins Lincoln, United States Minor Outlying Islands

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    Jenkins Lincoln, United States Minor Outlying Islands

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    Jenkins Lincoln, United States Minor Outlying Islands

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    Jenkins Lincoln, United States Minor Outlying Islands

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    Jenkins Lincoln, United States Minor Outlying Islands

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    Jenkins Lincoln, United States Minor Outlying Islands

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    Corey Lopez, United States

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    Lorna Francis King, Marshall Islands

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    Rajo Kumer, Netherlands Antilles

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    Platette Kumer, Norfolk Island

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    Elizabeth Arabham Lincoln, Russian Federation

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    rajjjjette Kumar, India

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    Abraham Dougan, Mexico

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    Gertrude Dougan, Mayotte

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    Barbara Dougan, Mexico

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    Pablo Nehyo, Japan

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    Picasso Metacognitive, Montenegro


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