Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Minister concerned? Send a frigate - Greens

8 January 2008

Minister concerned? Send a frigate - Greens

The Government must back up the Conservation Minister's concerns for safety in the Antarctic region, expressed this morning, by sending New Zealand Navy frigates to the region, Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei says.

Mrs Turei says that New Zealand frigates are needed in Antarctica to act in a dual capacity - as protest ships and as a safety measure in the event of any dangerous incidents.

"The fact is that there is a very high potential for things to go wrong in an extremely hostile natural environment, where human emotions are running high," Mrs Turei says.

"The Japanese whaling fleet is already reportedly half way through their aim of slaughtering 1000 whales, and the Australian Government's boat is yet to leave harbour. This makes it more pressing than ever that New Zealand sends a representative ship to make clear our country's abhorrence of this senseless crime against these rare and wonderful marine mammals.

"While Orion aircraft might be able to collect information on the whalers' activities, there is very little they could do in a situation where either whalers or protesters might require assistance."

Last year, in an incident unrelated to the protest ships' activities, a factory ship, the Nissan Maru, caught fire causing the death of one of its crew and raising fears of an environmental oil-spill disaster.

"Our Navy was the first off the mark in the rescue effort then, just as they will be if anything happens this year," Mrs Turei says.

The Green Party is running its own summer campaign against whaling. They are asking New Zealanders concerned about whaling to build a sand-whale sculpture on a beach during the holiday season, take a picture of it with their friends and family, and email it to the Green Parliamentary Office at whales@greens.org.nz.

Photos of sand-whales are available at www.greens.org.nz. At the end of summer they will all be compiled into a book and sent to the Japanese Fisheries Minister and to Japanese media.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election