Coal mining protesters have taken their cause to a Nelson bank branch, unhappy at Westpac's servicing of a company behind the proposed Denniston mine.
"It's mainly about informing the public about their [Westpac's] sustainability claim," said Verena Maeder from Clean Energy Action group at the protest outside the Trafalgar St Westpac yesterday.
"Coal mining clearly isn't sustainable," she said
The protesters wanted to make customers aware of Westpac's stance and encourage them to pressure their bank to change.
The group put together a "visual petition" with people standing in front of a sign that will be posted on Facebook.
One woman who stopped and had her photo taken then went in and expressed her disapproval to the bank.
Mothers and children stopped to have their photos taken with the group member dressed as a polar bear.
Kate Yolland, from Clean Energy Action, said she got involved with the protest because she cared about the natural environment and Denniston was a really special place.
She visited the area last year; "it's the last of that kind of place left in the world".
She said the response from passersby had been positive and "quite a few" customers had taken part in the visual petition.
Staff at the Trafalgar St Westpac branch said they did not want to comment on the protest, but Westpac spokesman Chris Mirams in Auckland said Westpac provided banking services to Bathurst Resources, but was not involved in financing Bathurst's Denniston escarpment mine project.
"Westpac takes sustainability seriously and as an organisation is committed to the transition to a low carbon economy.
"We recognise this transition will present a range of challenges and we are keen to work through those challenges with our customers and the communities that currently depend on the resources sector for jobs and economic growth," he said.
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