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

 


Greens call for Navy to monitor whale slaughter

15 November 2010

Greens call for Navy to monitor whale slaughter

New Zealand can put pressure on Japan’s whale hunt this year by sending an offshore patrol vessel to monitor the hunt and ensure the safety of protest vessels, the Green Party said today.

The Green Party was responding to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Murray McCully’s comments on Q&A yesterday. Mr McCully has told the Japanese Government that New Zealanders will be watching what they do this whaling season.

“The best place to watch the Japanese whaling fleet is in a Navy vessel right alongside them,” said Green Party oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“This year’s planned whale hunt will take place within the search and rescue zone of the Southern Ocean that New Zealand is responsible for monitoring. Given the past behaviour of the Japanese whale fleet, we have another legitimate reason to be observing the hunt — ocean safety.

“The presence of a New Zealand patrol vessel would serve as a restraint on all parties while signalling to the Japanese people our serious wish to protect these rare and wonderful marine mammals,” said Mr Hughes.

The Japanese whaling fleet are making preparations to depart within the next few weeks for the Southern Oceans to begin their annual whale hunt. This year, they plan to kill a further 935 Minke whales.

“There is a very high potential for things to go wrong in an extremely hostile natural environment, where human emotions are running high,” Mr Hughes said.

“Protest action is essential for progress on whaling. Diplomacy alone will not secure the protection of whales.”

The three main whaling nations — Japan, Norway, and Iceland — annually kill about 3,000 whales, 10 times as many as in 1993.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news