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Orange roughy – a ‘sustainable’ fish certification too far.

Posted by Willie — 21 June 2016 at 2:55pm - Comments
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orange roughy illustration

Orange roughy are easy to over fish. So, humans do. But that doesn't seem to be stopping moves to re-define them as 'sustainable' by the Marine Stewardship Council.

True, when we started fishing orange roughy we didn’t know that this slow-growing, long-lived, deep water fish was particularly susceptible. But now we definitely do. Orange roughy can live to a staggering 150 years old, and are at least 30 years old before they are mature enough to breed. To put that into context: there are probably orange roughy alive today that were born when Queen Victoria was on the throne, and they take about 10 times longer to mature than Atlantic cod.

Shark finning sucks. Sort it out New Zealand!

Posted by Willie — 27 August 2013 at 11:07am - Comments
Shark fin soup drives the global shark finning trade.
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Shark finning: not big, not clever, not defensible

There’s nothing defensible about shark finning. It’s the marine equivalent of the poachers who kill rhinos to hack off their horns or kill elephants to hack off their tusks. It’s not dissimilar to killing bears or tigers for spurious ‘traditional’ cures either. But it happens out at sea, to animals which don’t have big brown eyes, and which aren’t usually touted as cuddly toys or ‘adoptable’. They rarely win public polls on favourite animals, yet they fill column inches every silly scaremongering summer season in the tabloids.

Remembering the Warrior

Posted by hayley.baker — 10 July 2012 at 10:16am - Comments
The Rainbow Warrior sunk after being bombed by the French in 1985
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The Rainbow Warrior was bombed by the French secret service in 1985

Today is the 27th anniversary of the 1985 bombing of the Rainbow Warrior by French secret service agents here in Auckland harbour. That is a long time ago now, but every year at this time I am reminded in crystal clear detail of the day and the times, and of Fernando.

Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came down

Posted by BunnyMcdiarmid — 27 February 2012 at 10:57am - Comments

As we sat anxiously in the office last Friday waiting for the 'we made it' call we never dreamed that four days later we would have witnessed such a massive media storm, such overwhelming global support and such tenacity from our friends who hung on so long.

NZ company Sealord told, 'Change your tuna - not just your logo'

Posted by nick_gp — 30 August 2011 at 3:36pm - Comments
Greenpeace New Zealand tell Sealord to change it's tuna - with a giant tin
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Greenpeace New Zealand tell Sealord to change it's tuna - with a giant tin

After the success of the UK Change Your Tuna campaign, where all our major tinned tuna brands have now pledged to phase out the worst fishing practices, our New Zealand office has brought the campaign to Kiwi cans - upping the pressure on home-grown seafood giant Sealord this week, writes Nick Young of Greenpeace NZ.

Bad time down under for APP gets worse

Posted by andy.t — 25 August 2011 at 1:21pm - Comments
A forest-friendly toilet roll guide from New Zealand
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Cottonsoft's poor showing in the New Zealand toilet paper guide

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Steve Nicholson, the corporate affairs director for Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) in Australia and New Zealand.

The spectre of Shell

Posted by cindy baxter — 18 August 2011 at 12:19pm - Comments
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Te Whanau a Apanui fishing vessel and a Greenpeace inflatable take action against deep sea oil prospecting in the Raukumara Basin

As global oil reserves run low, the oil giants are looking further and further afield in search of new oil. From the Arctic to the extreme deep waters of New Zealand, the oil drillers are preparing to take greater and greater risks in the search for the last drops of oil - but they've got a fight on their hands.

Change your tuna goes global as NZ and Canada turn the heat on their tins

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 20 June 2011 at 3:51pm - Comments
GPNZ tinned tuna activists outside Sealord HQ in Auckland
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GPNZ tinned tuna activists outside Sealord HQ in Auckland

Our campaign for sustainable tinned tuna has gained huge public and media support in the UK, acclaimed as ‘one of the most successful environmental campaigns in years’ by The Independent. And now the campaign to protect the Pacific by cleaning up tinned tuna has gone global...

How to: DIY fake oil for your actions

Posted by jamess — 28 July 2010 at 3:34pm - Comments

With fake oil actions spilling out all over the place, it's high time someone did some skill sharing. Step up our international office with their "activist recipe for fake oil".

Basically, you mix up some molasses with some corn oil, corn starch, chocolate powder and some flour and away you go (well, there's a bit more to it than that - full recipe here).

Video: A global warning for global warming

Posted by jamie — 29 July 2009 at 10:58am - Comments

If you're missing Flight Of The Conchords after the recent series finished, this video might help ease the pain. Our colleagues in New Zealand have recruited Rhys Darby - otherwise know as Murray the hapless manager - to their Sign On campaign, creating pressure for deep emissions cuts from the NZ government, and Rhys has written a little poem to mark the occasion.

Nick from the office in Auckland says they're keen to hear from New Zealanders based overseas as well, so if that's you head on over to the website and, erm, sign on.

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