Green MP Gareth Hughes invited Wellingtonians to join him at Oriental Bay from midday today for the Wellington leg of the Anadarko: wish you weren’t here campaign.
In Dunedin, more than 250 people protested yesterday against the Anadarko plan for deep-sea drilling in the waters around Otago.
The NZ Herald reports that Oil Free Otago has established a “rapid response” team of up to 260 people to take to the waters around Otago to hinder the drilling.
Oil Free Otago spokeswoman Niamh O’Flynn said the team was established during the Oil Free Future Summit in Dunedin at the weekend, and hinted it may be used to block the shipping lane in Otago Harbour to stop Anadarko vessels from using Dunedin as a servicing port.
The flotilla could also be rallied in the open waters around Otago’s coastline as part of its resistance to the petroleum giant. The logistics of how their protest would be carried out and what it would involve, was still to be decided.
More than 250 protesters braved wet weather yesterday on the final day of the summit.