A Dunedin school has been caught in the crossfire of the
debate about deep-sea drilling.
Earlier this week, Green Party education spokeswoman
Catherine Delahunty called on Education Minister Hekia Parata
to prevent a roadshow run by New Zealand Oil and Gas, Tag Oil
and Beach Energy from visiting schools in Taranaki.
However, ProGas Otago spokesman Andrew Whiley said it was
''hypocritical'' of Ms Delahunty to push for the roadshow to
be stopped, as Oil Free Otago had visited schools in Dunedin
and Logan Park High School helped prepare banners for its
protest at St Clair Beach last Saturday.
''It's part of the whole anti-oil agenda,'' Mr Whiley said.
''The only message they want heard is their message.''
He had no problem with Logan Park's involvement, but believed
those who were not opposed to the drilling should also have
their point heard.
Ms Delahunty said there was ''quite a big difference''
between ''corporatism and local discussion''.
The biggest concern about the roadshow was ''it's being
presented as scientific'', when it was a ''very business
''It's a big propaganda exercise,'' she said.
Logan Park High School science and biology teacher Yvonne
Caulfield confirmed about 25 pupils had taken part in
preparing banners during a lunchtime last week.
It was ''very student led'' and some joined the protesters on
the beach on Saturday, she said.
''They are very keen on this oil free thing and very
passionate about it.''