Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Helicopter Logging Protestors Go To Court

Two anti-native logging activists arrested for locking themselves to a log-lifting helicopter on the West Coast in February 1999 will appear in the Auckland District Court this Tuesday the 21st of March (courtroom four at 9.45am).

Native Forest Action activists Bridget Gibb and Stephen Abel will be represented by Peter Williams QC.

Despite the change of Government since their protest a year ago against Government logger Timberlands, the most destructive over-cut logging still continues in the beautiful Orikaka forest as well as several other native forests on the West Coast. Ms Gibb and Mr Abel stand by their actions to halt the operation of a helicopter used to lift ancient rimu logs out of the spectacular lowland rainforests of the South Island’s West Coast.

The following statement was taken from a submission to be made to the court by Ms Gibb in Auckland – “Our forests are being systematically destroyed every day. In the time between our action and our appearance in court several more ancient forests have fallen to chainsaws. I am not willing to stand aside as this earth that gives us our very existence is trashed for human greed.”

Mr Abel’s statement includes the following – “Our generation is witness and privy to a kind of genocide of the natural world. Forests are the lungs of the Earth. We continue to degrade and destroy these life support systems at our own peril. Not only is great beauty lost but the Earths actual ability to sustain life is threatened.”

The pair, with no previous convictions, face a maximum sentence of two years in jail and various reparation charges claimed by the Government logging company.

Supporters and well wishers will gather outside the court at 9am.

For more information contact Steve Abel in Auckland on (09) 846 7077 or 025 425 051. or contact Dean Baigent-Mercer in Wellington on (04) 383 5168.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>


Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>


Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>


School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>


IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>


Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>




InfoPages News Channels