Parliament

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

 

Whalers on shaky ground, need help in hostage hand

17th January 2008

Whalers on shaky ground, need help in hostage handover

Japanese whalers who have abducted two protesters are on very shaky legal ground and are in no position to make demands from the crew of the Steve Irwin, Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei says.

"While the Sea Shepherd activists, in boarding the Japanese ship, were very probably not acting within maritime law themselves, the whalers are certainly getting into deep waters if they think that abducting the activists and then making demands of the Sea Shepherd are wise actions," Mrs Turei says.

"The Green Party does not support any violent actions, but neither do I believe that the whalers have any moral right to hold the activists against their will.

"Paul Watson, the captain of Sea Shepherd's boat, has asked for assistance from the Australian Navy to recover his crew members and to help keep the peace in the Antarctic waters.

"I would certainly encourage the Australian navy to act immediately on this request. However, if our own Government had used some foresight and sent a frigate or multi-role vessel in the first instance, it is unlikely that events would have reached this crisis point," Mrs Turei says.

"I strongly doubt that Sea Shepherd will allow themselves to be held to ransom according to the conditions demanded by the whalers. This leaves a stand-off situation in which tensions can only increase as frustrations on either side grows.

"The Australian and New Zealand Government's are deluding themselves if they believe this situation will resolve itself peacefully without incident, without their presence.

"The only way this can be achieved is by having at least one navy vessel on hand to facilitate or monitor a hand over of the two crew members. Pending a request for assistance from the Australian navy, our own needs to put on standby."


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. 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:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog