Fracking protester Sarah Roberts was described as the "Erin Brokovich of New Zealand" by a Green Party politician visiting Eltham yesterday.
Roberts was applauded for her research into fracking at the opening of an exhibition Fracked at The Village Gallery yesterday afternoon.
The exhibition by a community of Taranaki artists is curated by coastal artist Graham Kirk.
Twenty-two artists have all produced a piece of work expressing their view on the controversial drilling technique.
Green Party MP Gareth Hughes was invited to speak at the opening, attended by 40 artists and gallery visitors, at the request of South Taranaki district councillor Michael Self.
Hughes applauded Roberts for her commitment to investigating the effects of fracking, particularly in Taranaki.
"She's the Erin Brokovich of New Zealand really but the thing is she shouldn't be having to do this," he said.
The environmental harm caused by the drilling process was highlighted by Hughes and Roberts.
"This isn't the future I want for my grandchildren," Roberts said.
Hughes said he had spoken at several public meetings and film screenings highlighting the issue of fracking but this was his first exhibition.
"It's really interesting to see art used like this to express a serious issue," he said.
In August Self, Roberts and her husband David Morrison were labelled "deliberately mischievous and plainly vexatious" by Taranaki Regional Council chief executive Basil Chamberlain.
TRC no longer answers their questions around fracking in the province and to date the queries posed by the trio have cost Taranaki ratepayers in excess of $30,000.
Yesterday, Hughes was visiting some of the Taranaki fracking sites with Roberts. He said fracking has developed significantly in New Zealand in the last year and he looked forward to the publishing of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report in November.
The featured artists at the Fracked exhibition are Alby Carter, Dale Copeland, Fiona Clark, Carl Fairweather, Mikaere Gardner, Teresa Goodin, Waldo Hartley, Ces Hill, Sarah Buist, Anne Holliday, Jan Huijbers, Paul Hutchinson, Graham Kirk, Julianne Lafferty, Roger Morris, Wayne Morris, Marianne Muggeridge, Mili Purpil, Paul Rangiwhaia, Michaela Stoneman and Glenda West.
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