Bethune future still unclear

BY MARTIN CRUMMY
Last updated 12:51 24/07/2010
Pete Bethune
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CAPTIVE AUDIENCE: Pete Bethune speaks at the Ecoexpo in Christchurch.

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Pete Bethune admitted that he still hasn't decided on his future plans, at today's Christchurch EcoExpo'10 .

Talking to over 100 patrons at the Conference centre event this morning, the activtist again said he was enjoying time with his family after his jail term, but hinted at more conservation missions in the future.

"I am enjoying time with my family again and I just don't know about the future," insisted the controversial anti-whaling protester.

"Conservation is in my blood. But whaling is just one thing, there are many other causes out there.

"Maybe I could stay in New Zealand and do something."

Wearing a black Sea Shepherd t-shirt and helping out at their stall afterwards has put to rest any issues of his allegiances to the society, but he cast doubt on whether he will stay with the organisation into the future.

Bethune spoke honestly about his time in Japanese prison, where he did feel scared for his safety. He also entertained the crowd with his favourite - comical - moments of prison life.

The 45 year old was sentenced to two years' jail in Tokyo District Court , suspended for five years, for assaulting a whaler by hurling a rancid butter stink bomb during a high-seas confrontation.

He had spent spent four months previously in a Tokyo jail, after the Ady Gil boat sank after a January 6 collision with the Japanese whaling fleet's security ship the Shonan Maru II, and a month later Bethune boarded the Japanese ship to demand compensation.

He was ferried to Tokyo, where he was detained.

Bethune will also speak at the combined Ecoexpo'10 Exhibitor After-show and Green Drinks session at Our City O-Tautahi.

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