Coal Action protest finishes

Published: Tue 24 Jan 2017 10:24 AM
Coal Action protest finishes
Image: Screen grab from video footage.
Coal Action Network Aotearoa has ended its protest at the Fonterra Clandeboye dairy plant this morning, vowing to step up protests against the company until it quits coal.
Five people chained themselves to the main coal delivery gate at the factory this morning. Three grandmothers (two of whom are farmers), a farmer and a student remained locked to the gate for more than four hours, as well as blocking a second gate, disrupting traffic flow around the plant.
A big pile of woodchips was dumped at the gate, adorned with a sign saying "use this instead" and people dressed in cow suits held a banner saying "Coal? Udderly ridiculous"
In all 24 people took part in the protest, and they left peacefully around midday.
One of the grandmothers, Coal Action Network's Jeanette Fitzsimons said:
"We made our point to Fonterra, and they got the message. We have talked endlessly with this company about its use of coal, and we keep hearing promising words, but still we see absolutely no action. Today's protest was the first of many to come - we will continue to keep up the pressure until Fonterra quits coal."
Fonterra has tweeted a response to the protest saying that it wants to quit coal.
"We'll believe them when their total coal use begins to drop rather than rising as it is at present. Measuring coal use per litre of milk, as they do is simply greenwash - all that matters to the atmosphere is total coal burned" said Fitzsimons.

Next in New Zealand politics

More people getting into work
By: New Zealand Government
Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives
By: New Zealand Government
Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
By: New Zealand Government
Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting announced
By: New Zealand Government
New resource for schools on climate change
By: New Zealand Government
Regulations pave way for quality medicinal cannabis
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on a White Island inquiry
By: Gordon Campbell
7000 more young people on the dole under Labour
By: New Zealand National Party
Government failing to get Kiwis back into work
By: New Zealand National Party
Labour's soft line on welfare sees 25,000 more on benefit
By: ACT New Zealand
Benefit numbers continue upward trend
By: Lindsay Mitchell
Dunne Speaks: Turia is Right on Whanau Ora
By: Peter Dunne
Whānau Ora claim must be fast tracked, says Māori Party
By: The Maori Party
$10.98 million of PGF funding announced
By: Kaikoura District Council
Proposed whitebait rules are pitiful, won’t save native fish
By: Forest And Bird
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media