Stop The Summit, rise up for climate justice and a fossil free future!

Kia ora koutou

Next month on the 18th and 19th September the Petroleum Summit is set to take place in Wellington.

Our oceans are being sold off, seismic surveying is set to take place in the Pegasus Basin and exploratory drilling in the Great South Basin and off Taranaki within months, onshore oil and gas production including fracking is expanding and our right to protest and privacy is being removed. This Petroleum summit comes at a time when our climate, livelihoods and environment are being threatened like never before.

With representatives from the oil and gas industry and Government coming together for two days with the purpose of the expansion of this destructive and unsustainable industry, now is the time to act. Now is the time for us rise up and voice a collective NO to fossil fuel extraction agenda, and YES to a sustainable and equitable future.

Therefore, we are calling for action and solidarity from our allies around Aotearoa to join us in Wellington to stop this summit from it’s business as usual.

With the industry behind this summit threatening our future, and with summit sponsors such as war-mongering corporate giant Halliburton, we hope that groups and allies in peace and social justice movements will also join in this action.

We will meet on Wednesday 18th at 7.15am sharp outside the Railway Station (next to the Gandhi statue) and march to the Petroleum summit at Westpac Stadium. We will voice our opposition powerfully, creatively,and peacefully. We know it’s early, but we’ll have coffee on hand. Please be on time so we can march together.

Bring banners, noisemakers, whistles, pots, pans, costumes, musical instruments, friends, whanau and anything else to help make this event lively and festive.

If you are travelling from out of Wellington and need a place to stay, email the address below and we can help out. We also hope to have a chance to share some kai, stories, plans and korero on the evening of the 18th. Venue TBC

The oil and gas industry think they own Aotearoa and can carry out their national conference of polluters without a hitch. Lets show them they’re wrong.

For info or questions please email oilfreewellington@gmail.com

With aroha and solidarity
The Oil Free Wellington Crew

Conference Concludes

The conference concluded Sunday evening with an occupation by dozens of Ka Nui conference participants at the AUSIMM Conference Cocktail Party.

No arrests were made but the delegates hopefully got the message that a growing number of New Zealanders won’t stand by while they plunder the planet.

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A conference declaration was agreed to by participants and was delivered to the AUSIMM delegates during the occupation.

Conference Venues

Saturday 25th August 2012 – Rotorua Convention Centre
10.00am – 4.00pm
The Rotorua Convention Centre is located in Rotorua’s downtown business and retail area; just minutes walk from shops, cafes, restaurants and the lakefront.

Physical Address:
Rotorua Convention Centre
1170 Fenton Street
Rotorua

Sunday 26th August 2012 –  Mataikotare Marae
10.00am – 4.00pm. Strategies and skills to build a stronger movement.
Mataikotare Marae is out of town past the airport. Take SH30 (aka Te Ngae Rd – the road to Whakatane and Tauranga). Mataikotare Marae is at the junction of SH33 and SH 30. [ Google Map ]

The marae will also be the accommodation for Saturday and Sunday night

Conference Announcement

Groups from across Aotearoa/NZ are organising a counter-conference to the New Zealand mining industry conference in Rotorua in August. The counter-conference takes place in Rotorua on 25-26 August, and its name sums up its purpose: Ka Nui / Enough!

This will be a weekend of inspiring speakers and workshops on the issues faced by communities on the resource extraction frontlines and the alternatives to the mining and fossil fuel industries.