Lyttelton protest puts pressure on Ravensdown and Balance
A cross section of New Zealand civil society took to the water of Lyttelton Harbour today to protest the arrival of yet more phosphate rock extracted from occupied Western Sahara. Whilst this protest targeted a vessel being used by Ravensdown it is important to remember that both Ravensdown and its competitor Ballance Agri-Nutrients continue to import from Western Sahara.
Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco in 1975 and to this day remains occupied. Only two companies in the Western world continue to import the phosphate rock that a Moroccan business extracts from the mine at Boucraa, Sadly both are New Zealand businesses.
Western Sahara Campaign-NZ now calls
on both New Zealand importers of that phosphate rock,
Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients, to give a clear and
unequivocal undertaking to stop this trade and seek another
source for their phosphate