by Gareth Hughes
Yesterday I launched a nationwide sister cities whale tour in Wellington for ordinary people to do something about whaling, rather than leaving it up to the activists and international lawyers.
We set up a stall where passers-by could sign a letter to Wellington’s sister city, Sakai, and then fold it in to an origami whale. The letters are asking our Japanese sister cities to help stop their government from whaling in the Southern Ocean and I’ll be asking our councils to pass these letters on to their counterparts in Japan.
Over 40 NZ towns and cities have sister city relationships with Japanese cities, and these provide a great personal platform for helping us to protect whales in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. Imagine if every Japanese sister city received a letter.
The event yesterday was loads of fun with lots of Wellingtonians, including heaps of kids and Wellington City Councillor Iona Pannett, joining the fight against whaling by signing their name and making their own origami whale.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be taking the show on the road, visiting cities around the country with Japanese sister city relationships. Come along and make your own origami whale at an event near you, or send me an email if you’d like me to add your town to the tour.