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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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    rose harris, New Zealand

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    Tricina McGregor, New Zealand

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    Evelyn Tuuta, New Zealand

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    Ellen Ozarka, New Zealand

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    Sarah Michelle Craig, New Zealand

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    Lisa Mora, New Zealand

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    Kate Donald, New Zealand

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    Aimee Riley, New Zealand

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    Briar Middleton, New Zealand

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    Madeline Logan, New Zealand

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    Marco de Jong, New Zealand

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    Lucie Fowler, New Zealand

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    Laura McCrae, New Zealand

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    Kate McDonald, New Zealand

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    sam mellis, New Zealand

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    Jessie Glasser, New Zealand

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    Dawn Lucia Dawn Lucia, New Zealand

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    Zachary Vowles, Mexico

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    Ella Weerdenburg, New Zealand

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    Marcus Arnold, New Zealand

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    muriel barlett, New Zealand

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    Solomon Marshall, New Zealand

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    Zoe Wilson, New Zealand

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    Alex Hammond, New Zealand

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    Hayden Moffatt, New Zealand

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    Paola Maldonado, New Zealand

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    skye sweetman, New Zealand

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    Chris Butcher, New Zealand

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    Chris Dudfeld, New Zealand

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    Caroline Young, New Zealand

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    hayley fish, New Zealand

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    Cathryn Wilkinson, New Zealand

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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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    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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    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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    Paul Fielding, New Zealand

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    Alicia Littlejohn, New Zealand

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    Marion Kraus, Germany

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    Ben MacManus, 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