Community urged to make a united stand

The community is being called to the beach on Saturday, February 15 to show solidarity against seismic testing and deep-sea oil exploration.

NoDrill Kaikoura spokesperson Lynda Kitchingham says she hopes the event will leave the Government and Anadarko in no doubt about the town's views.

At a national level the Banners on the Beach event is being driven by Greenpeace, and its primary focus will be on the South Island's east coast beaches because of imminent activity off the coast of Marlborough, Canterbury and Dunedin.

At a local level, the NoDrill Kaikoura group is keen to get as many people to the beach as possible, at the same time, 12pm, for photo opportunities and to make a united stand.

"This is our opportunity to tell the Government and Anadarko that we don't want seismic testing or deep-sea oil exploration here," Lynda said.

"It will be a family event, which is important because of our responsibility of kaitiaki to our future generations."

It is hoped everybody will be on the beach at Whale Watch by 12pm in order to make the biggest impact. There will be a coffee cart, sausage sizzle and a haka is being organised. Families, individuals and school groups are all invited to attend with their banners.

"The bigger the banner the better. Bring a picnic, and if you'd like to take to the water to make your statement to Anadarko and the New Zealand Government, bring your ocean liner, fishing boat, rubber dinghy, surfboard . . . whatever floats," Lynda said.


Kaikoura Star