Oil protest had international cast

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 02/03/2012
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TARANAKI DAILY NEWS
Greenpeace protest action at Port Taranaki last weekend had a distinctly international flavourl.

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Lucy Lawless' Greenpeace protest action at Port Taranaki last weekend had a distinctly international flavour, court documents reveal.

Aucklander Lawless, former star of Xena Warrior Princess, is charged with one count of burglary under her married name, Lucy Tapert.

Two of the activists' country of birth is listed as Israel, one from the United Kingdom and one from Australia, the court documents show. The remainder are New Zealand-born.

At 44 years old, Lawless is the oldest of the eight arrested whom police have jointly charged with burglary at Port Taranaki last Friday.

The charges stem from when the eight went on to port land, boarded the the drill ship Noble Discoverer and spent four days at the top of the ship's derrick to protest Shell's intention to drill for oil in the Arctic. The ship left for Alaska on Tuesday.

Those charged are: Tapert aka Lawless, Llai Amir, 25 (Israel, living in Auckland), Jan Raoni Hammer, 30 (Christchurch), Zachary Steven Penman, 21 (Auckland), Vivienne Rachael Hadlow, 28 (United Kingdom, living in Auckland), Shayne Panayiotis Comino, 33 (Australia, living in Christchurch), Michael Ross Buchanan, 28, Christchurch, Shai Sebastian Naides, 28 (Israel, living in Wellington).

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- Taranaki Daily News

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