This weekend saw New Zealanders out on our coastlines around the country with a clear message: no deep sea oil drilling in our waters – our environment is too precious to risk.
Green MPs Catherine Delahunty and Steffan Browning joined Hands Across the Sand events in Coromandel and Christchurch. Kaikoura might have put on the most impressive demonstration of all – just check out this video!
In Coromandel, Catherine Delahunty took part in a flotilla demonstrating against mining in schedule 4 (seabed) area, after the Government gave out 6 permits to mining companies for prospecting, or “just looking”, in our most precious conservation estate.
On Sunday at Auckland’s famous Piha beach, the Green Party launched our campaign against deep sea drilling with the unveiling of the Kiwi Bid – our bid to protect our waters for all of us, rather than allow corporations to conduct risky deep-sea drilling. Our special guest speakers, NZ surfing champion Mischa Davis and rowing legend Rob Hamill did a fabulous job, alongside Green MPs Metiria Turei and Gareth Hughes.
Thanks to Piha for hosting us and coming along in great numbers – we can think of no better place to have kicked off this campaign!