Wellington Puts A Freeze On Coal Mining

Around 50 members of CANA, Forest and Bird, Ora Taiao, 350.org, Generation Zero and the Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Hikoi came together in Midland Park, Lambton Quay, Wellington on Tuesday 8 May to call for the Government to put a freeze on coal. The event was part of the “Say No To Coal Mining Day” of the Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Hikoi.

While many people froze in place for three minutes – harder than it sounds, I can assure you – other handed out leaflets and got petition signatures and CANA signups. Several media outlets sent teams along, and Tim Jones from CANA and Kevin Hackwell from Forest and Bird were interviewed by TV3.

There are photos of the event below (with acknowledgements to Forest & Bird). Other coverage is here:

TV3 coverage: http://www.3news.co.nz/Anti-coal-protestors-freeze-in-Wellington/tabid/1160/articleID/253473/Default.aspx

New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10804356

Otago Daily Times: http://www.odt.co.nz/regions/west-coast/208447/denniston-protesters-put-freeze-coal

Joint press release from Forest & Bird and CANA: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1205/S00186/wellington-comes-to-a-freeze-over-coal-mining.htm

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