September 29, 2014
Hikoi to demand action
A hikoi to protest deep sea oil drilling off the coast of Northland arrives in Auckland this morning.
The last leg is a lunchtime march from Britomart to Sky City, where the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association is hosting this week's Petroleum Summit.
Greenpeace campaigner Mike Smith says the Government's action in opening up huge swathes of the seas around the country to oil exploration shows it is in denial about climate change.
"My youngest child who is 10, in his lifetime he faces the prospect of catastrophic change in the environment that is going to undermine economies, it is going to mean the flash floods and storm events we are seeing, the droughts we are seeing across the world, the acidification of the sea and the death of the life in the sea. Politicians are dragging the chain. They are not taking the sort of action that is required so it is up to social movements and people to stand together and communities and to demand immediate and urgent action," he says.
Mr Smith says the hikoi has won heartfelt support from the Pakeha community as it made its way down from Cape Reinga.
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