Yesterday we launched our plan to keep New Zealand beaches free from oil spills.
With Piha’s world-famous waves crashing in the background, we stood in the local surf club and announced that the Green Party will prohibit all deep sea oil drilling if in Government.
We’ll do this because we love our beaches, and they are too precious to put at risk from an industry that we don’t need and many New Zealanders don’t want.
The deep sea drilling genie needs to stay in the bottle.
Fiona who runs the local campground MC’d the event. She pointed out that Tourism Minister John Key doesn’t visit Piha much and that he’d rather fly to Hawaii than drive the half an hour to this “magnificent treasure” of a New Zealand beach.
“He’s selling New Zealand down the road by allowing deep sea drilling,” she told assembled locals, surfers, Mums, Dads, Green Party supporters and journalists.
Like New Zealand chose to go nuclear free, we can add to our national environmental identity by also being deep sea oil free.
It’s a well-established fact that when it comes to offshore drilling, the deeper you go, the greater the risk.
There are no deep sea wells in New Zealand, so now is the time to prohibit the practice.
We want our beautiful beaches open for swimming, not closed for oil spills.
For more information on our policy: https://www.greens.org.nz/cleanbeaches