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


Forced to Sail

Extinction Rebellion Tauranga

For immediate release.

29 September 2019

Forced to Sail.

Local yachtsman David Zenco is determined to travel to Wellington to
attend a global climate protest in a carbon neutral way. However, as New
Zealand has no fossil fuel-free public transport options, he was forced to
take his boat.

His intrepid crew departed yesterday, September 28 in Tauranga. They were
seen off by their whānau and other rebels as they sailed off into the
sunset (and pretty severe winds). Their voyage is expected to take 5 days
- depending on the weather and marine conditions which can be pretty
gnarly along this route.

David, the skipper and owner of a 30 foot sloop named "Wake Up", is a
marine biologist, teacher and environmental activist and will be joined by
two rebel friends, Jasmine Black, a local mother of two and Marcus
Carambola, musician and teacher.

David says "It's incredible to think that in the middle of ecological
breakdown it's cheaper for people to travel by plane to the capital than
to take public transport. "

"It's time to wake up and draw the line on climate crime and climate
criminals. We feel we need to rebel for life to urge our government to
tell the truth about the climate and ecological emergency we find
ourselves in - and start acting accordingly."

David has painted two huge flags with the Extinction Rebellion symbol that
he hopes will be on full display as he sails into the harbour to join the
hundreds of rebels already there. They will be converging on Te
Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington from all around the country to to kick off
the Global Rebellion starting on October 7. Our capital will be the first
of over 60 cities around the world that will be disrupted with non-violent
civil disobedience.

David hopes to inspire more people to take alternative means of transport,
not just when attending protests, but in their everyday life, if possible.
He envisions that one day more yachties will join him to form a flotilla
to sail to protests around the country.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Land, Air & Sea: Regions To Benefit From NZ Upgrade

Regional New Zealand will be a hive of activity in the coming months as the New Zealand Upgrade Programme delivers on its promise to modernise our infrastructure, prepare for climate change and help grow our economy. As part of the $12 billion NZ Upgrade Programme announced by the Government last month, $300 million was allocated for capital projects in regional New Zealand.
The first package of regional projects – worth about $190 million – has been announced by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones at an infrastructure seminar today... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Donations Scandals

By now, it seems crystal clear that something is deeply amiss with the way that New Zealand political parties solicit, receive and report their funding. Evidently, the nominal threshold of $15,000 that requires public disclosure of the donation ... More>>


New Zealand Government: Action On Fuel Market Competition

The Government has released a comprehensive response to ensuring New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump. This follows the Commerce Commission fuel market ... More>>


Child Poverty: 18,400 Children Lifted Out Of Poverty

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed new reporting showing the Coalition Government is on track to meet its child poverty targets, with 18,400 children lifted out of poverty as a result of the Families Package... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Our Unreal Optimism About Coronavirus

At this week’s Chinese New Year celebrations, PM Jacinda Ardern was resolutely upbeat that business with China would soon bounce back to normal – better than ever, even - once the coronavirus epidemic has been brought under control. To Ardern, ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels