by Gareth Hughes
Happy New Year, hope you are having a fantastic summer. For the last two weeks I’ve been on the road campaigning to stop risky deep sea oil drilling and promote clean energy.
Over summer I’ve been running the ‘Anadarko: wish you weren’t here’ campaign on our beaches to send a message to Anadarko they can expect opposition to their ultra-deep oil drilling to grow. We will oppose them on the beaches, we will oppose them in the Parliament; and we will oppose them on the streets and online. While Kiwis were out enjoying our beautiful beaches this summer, Anadarko, just over the horizon have been risking them.
Working with Auckland Cut Collective artist Ross Liew he has designed and painted a huge mural on a wall front in Ponsonby and I have been taking around a billboard version asking the public to take a photo with it as part of a visual petition. You can see even Lucy Lawless joined!
We’ve had a fantastic response from the public and I think momentum really is building to stop this desperate risky form of extraction and instead focus on the things like clean energy and the IT sector that will grow a richer New Zealand.