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Madeleine Smith

Madeleine is a digital specialist for Greenpeace New Zealand.

  • 2016 — The year in photos

    Blogpost by Madeleine Smith - December 22, 2016 at 16:08

    2016 was a challenging year for people and the planet. It brought many challenges that will continue in the year ahead — a changing climate, greedy corporations and politicians whose policies spell trouble for the planet.

    As we look back on 2016, it's clear there's a lot of work still to be done. It's difficult to pick just a few images among the over 20,000 images our photographers have made while covering the struggle for a green and peaceful future all around the world. Here are some of this year’s highlights, and a reminder of why we need to continue the good fight. We couldn’t have done this work without all of you, thank you, and on to 2017!

    Greenpeace activists in London climbed Nelson’s Column, putting an emergency face mask on the statue to demand action on air pollution. A separate Greenpeace team eluded security and climbed over the fence around the Houses of Parliament to put another mask on Oliver Cromwell’s statue.

    Greenpeace UK activists in London climbed Nelson’s Column, putting an emergency face mask on the statue to demand action on air pollution.  Read more >

  • In the last two weeks, one third of people in Havelock North have fallen ill with a gastro illness that originated in the town’s water supply.

    The source? Most likely contamination from cows, sheep or deer.

    By all accounts the last couple of weeks have been hell for the people of Havelock North. This isn’t what’s supposed to happen in a “clean, green” first world country.

    Unfortunately, the chances of it happening again are about to increase, with a series of industrial irrigation schemes planned around New Zealand.

    These schemes will mean more intensive agriculture, and therefore more water pollution. We should be cleaning up and protecting our waterways, not building giant irrigation dams that drive more agricultural intensification and compound the problem.

    This map shows where big irrigatio... Read more >

  • It’s a purr-fect relationship - the one between a human and their cat.

    As a cat owner, I’ve experienced the ups for the same feline companion for last 13 years, as well as the gut-wrenching, I-just-spent-my-whole-paycheck-at-the-vet-on-you downs.

    We treat them, pamper them, worship them just so that, maybe, we get the cat-lovings we so desire at the end of the day - when in reality, the day ends with a blank stare that screams ‘I hate you’ with their claws cemented into the side of the couch.

    Along with the nagging cat-guilt we owners suffer when it comes to their impact on native birds - yes, the relationship can be stretched. Placing all that aside, we love them, and we make ethical, sustainable choices for them. Which is why I would never feed my cat bad tuna. And I’m not alone.
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  • Statoil Greenwash Guide

    Norwegian oil giant Statoil is sending a delegation of executives all the way from Norway to Whangarei. Next Friday, 28th August, they will attend a specially organised meeting with the Northland Regional Council's Maori Advisory Committee, and New Zealand government representatives.
    The secretive meeting is an attempt to gain official local support. Statoil is desperate to show people back in Norway that New Zealanders - especially Maori - have been consulted and are happy to allow Statoil's risky deep sea oil drilling to go ahead.

    Big oil is known for slick PR but the folk at Statoil are the true masters of Greenwash and they’ll be pouring it on thickly at this meeting.
    Take a look at 'The Statoil Greenwash Guide' to see just how slick they are. (Warning - you may feel sick while reading... Read more >

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