Protest yacht SV Tiama berths with its motor running in
Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A veteran protester arrived in Dunedin yesterday to help
the city quit its oil addiction.
Protester Henk Haazen, of Bluff, said he arrived in Dunedin
about 6am yesterday on board his sailing yacht SV
He was here for a peaceful protest, he said.
''We are not intending to break the law. We just want to show
Anadarko that deep sea oil exploration is just too dangerous
and that they should move on to other technologies.''
Despite his beliefs, he cruised up Otago Harbour on diesel
power yesterday, on the ''perfect'' still morning.
''We are totally addicted to oil. We need to wean ourselves
off our oil addiction,'' he said.
Oil Free Otago spokeswoman Niamh O'Flynn said about 20 people
from the group welcomed Mr Haazen.
Veteran protester Henk Haazen.
Ms O'Flynn said Mr Haazen had a wealth of knowledge and
experience of protesting at sea.
''He knows exactly how the logistics of these kinds of
After the welcome, Oil Free Otago members prepared its
''flotilla plans'' for the arrival of Noble Bob
Douglas, Anadarko's drilling ship due to sink a test well
60km off the Otago Peninsula coast, at the southern margin of
the Canterbury Basin this month.
Shell New Zealand was already undertaking a seismic survey
off the Otago coast. Pro Gas Otago spokesman Andrew Whiley
said he ''struggled'' with people protesting against oil
exploration in Dunedin, when it was a gas exploration.
''I'm really confused.''
Mr Haazen said Mr Whiley had incorrect information, as oil
and gas were being sought.
''Most likely, there is going to be gas there, but if they
find oil, are they just going to leave it in the ground?''