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Banners on the Beach: New Zealanders say no to deep sea oil

Banners on the Beach

New Zealanders took the the beach in their thousands to protest deep sea oil drilling. Courtesy of: Greenpeace New Zealand, 2014

Thousands of New Zealanders are coming together to say no to deep sea oil.

The Get Active and Get Free campaign aims to reclaim New Zealand’s future by putting a stop to oil exploration in New Zealand waters.

As part of the public mobilisation – aimed at supporting prosperity based on clean energy over dirty fossil fuels – thousands of protesters gathered on beaches up and down the South Island’s east coast to demonstrate their opposition.

It follows pervious protests at sea by Otago, Kaikoura and Wellington community groups opposing deep sea oil as Anadarko starts exploratory drilling work off Otago and continues seismic surveying in the Pegasus Basin near Kaikoura and Wellington.

Banners on the Beach” had a clear message – New Zealanders will not stand by and watch as their land and waters are put at risk with dirty and dangerous deep sea oil drilling and mining.

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Protesters at New Brighton Beach cover themselves in oil. Courtesy of: Greenpeace New Zealand

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More than 350 people turned out to protest deep sea oil in Kaikoura. Courtesy of: Paul Boocock/ Greenpeace New Zealand, 2014

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Akaroa Banks Peninsula. Courtesy of: Greenpeace New Zealand

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Protesters stage a climate crime scene. Courtesy of: Greenpeace New Zealand, 2014

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