November 29, 2017
Enough is enough for oil warriors
A blast from the past is how Taranaki iwi see the arrival of the world’s largest seismic survey ship in their waters over the weekend.
The Amazon Warrior is set to spend the next three months, letting off compressed air blasts every few seconds to find out what lies beneath the South Taranaki Bight, which is home to blue whales, endangered dolphins and other marine mammals.
Taranaki environmental activist and Nga Tai o Makiri kaimahi, Hinekaa Mako says it feels like another raupatu, like the land confiscations of the 1860s that preceded Taranaki being one of the first places in the world to be caught up in the search for oil.
She says the iwi hope the new Government will live up, to its promise to move to a low carbon economy by refusing the ship permission to operate
"Fossil fuel hunting is winding down. It really is a sunset industry. But our country seems to be, almost the entire country is a final frontier for their mad hunt. We can be world leaders in helping to transition to clean energy, and that can start with stopping this new exploration so just stay that’s enough, it’s been since 1865 here in Taranaki, ka nui, we’ve given enough," Ms Mako says.
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