Whaling not in NZ waters - McCully

MICHAEL FIELD
Last updated 07:24 07/01/2014

The Sea Shepherd intercepts Japanese whaling fleet.

Related Links

Labour: Kiwis angry at whale claims

Relevant offers

Politics

Prime Minister John Key signals Resource Management Act backdown What was Andrew Little thinking? Labour vows to restart kickstart for KiwiSaver Kiwi soldiers down to work in Iraq Mike Yardley: A Budget for Struggle Street Protesters clash ahead of John Key speech Little questions 'fairness' of working while pulling state super Future help for kids 'targeted' says English after $25 benefit boost Iwi positions mooted for New Plymouth District Council committees Live Chat: Grant Robertson

The Government says reports by Sea Shepherd that whaling is occurring in New Zealand sovereign waters are factually wrong.

The radical environmental group yesterday claimed that Japan's whaling fleet had been found inside New Zealand's Ross Dependency region.

It said it had located five Japanese whaling vessels and filmed one with three dead minke whales on its deck.

The organisation's position data put the whaling fleet about 1700 kilometres north of Scott Base, beneath the usual Christchurch to McMurdo Sound flight path.

Foreign Affairs minister Murray McCully condemned the resumption of so-called "scientific" whaling in the Southern Ocean, however he disputed that the ships were within New Zealand waters.

"New Zealand has responsibility for co-ordinating search and rescue operations in a large area in the Southern Ocean, however these are international waters and not within New Zealand's maritime jurisdiction."

McCully said whaling was ''pointless and offensive to a great many New Zealanders.

"The New Zealand Government has repeatedly called on Japan to end its whaling programme."

New Zealand had formally lodged an intervention before the International Court of Justice in the case brought by Australia against Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean. The case was still before the court.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content