Government must protest whalers in our waters
9 February 2014
Government must protest whalers in
The Government should do more to
protest Japanese whalers that are reported to be in New
Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone, the Green Party said
It has been reported that the Japanese whaling
vessel the Shonan Maru No. 2 has entered New Zealand's
Exclusive Economic Zone. Foreign Affairs Minister Murray
McCully has been reported to have requested the ship not to
enter New Zealand's 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic
Zone and expressed disappointment that it has.
offensive that Japanese whalers are in New Zealand waters.
The Government should lodge a formal diplomatic protest
through the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo," said Green Party
Oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes.
"Murray McCully needs
to do more than just express disappointment; he needs to
send a strong diplomatic message to Japan that their whaling
vessels are not welcome in New Zealand's waters.
Minister can express New Zealand's outrage at having a
whaling vessel in our waters by sending a message to
“Earlier this month, the Australian Embassy in
Tokyo passed on a diplomatic protest to the Japanese
Government over a whaling support vessel entering
"New Zealand can act like Australia has
and lodge a protest in Tokyo,” said Mr
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