No drilling here

01:49, Nov 24 2013
Oil protest
NO DRILLING HERE: Margaret Jeffries, left, and Juliet Neill hold up a sign to protest against proposed oil drilling off New Zealand's coast.

Placard-wielding residents have gathered at a Christchurch beach to protest deep sea oil drilling.

About 50 protesters assembled at New Brighton pier at 1pm today to oppose Texas oil giant Anadarko's presence off the coast of Raglan, where an exploratory oil well will be drilled in 1500 metres of water this month.

Green MP Gareth Hughes spoke to protesters, outlining his concerns about the drilling.

Similar anti-drilling protests have taken place across New Zealand.

Raglan residents protested in the street earlier this month, after the Government failed to consult them and Anadarko did not front at a public meeting. 

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