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


Whaling situation getting worse

23 January 2008

Whaling situation getting worse

Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei MP is saddened and angered by news that the Japanese are planning to commission a replacement mother ship for their whaling fleet.

Deputy director of the whaling division of Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Iwata Tsuyoshi, has told reporters discussions had taken place regarding a replacement for the ageing factory ship Nisshin Maru.

The commissioning of a new ship could commit Japan to at least 40 more years of whaling.

"It's becoming starkly apparent that international condemnation, diplomatic protests and direct action are having very little effect on the Japanese position to continue slaughtering whales," Mrs Turei says.

"If we want to put a halt to this barbaric slaughter, the world must continue to keep pressure all parties involved," Mrs Turei says.

"While the Green Party does not support a boycott against Japanese companies, it would behove Japanese companies operating in New Zealand to state their position on the barbaric practice. Pressure from some of Japan's largest companies may have more success than failed lobbying attempts or muted diplomatic protests.

"Consumer and media pressure in recent years has resulted in several companies severing ties with the Japanese whaling fleet, including Nissui, Gortons and New Zealand company Sealord. The Japanese intransigence on this issue is harming the entire country's reputation internationally, and will result in a consumer backlash that could affect innocent parties. The whaling industry represents only a very small fraction of the Japanese economy, and the Government should be looking after the interests of all its citizens.

"The Japanese stance appears to be getting more and more entrenched. I call on the Prime Minister to make a direct appeal to her Japanese counterpart," Mrs Turei says.


© 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>>




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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


(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>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog