The Green Party wants to prohibit deep sea oil drilling
around the coast of New Zealand, at a time when some of the
global giants of drilling are conducting testing in New
The policy seems at odds with the Labour Party which recently
came out in support of offshore drilling. Green co-leader
Russel Norman said the Greens in government would protect the
beaches by keeping the deep sea oil genie in the bottle.
''There are no deep sea wells in New Zealand so now is the
time to prohibit the practice. Like New Zealand chose to go
nuclear free, we can add to our national environmental
identity by also being deep sea oil free.''
Dr Norman claimed the deeper the offshore drilling, the
greater the risk.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said the release
by the Greens showed the Left was in disarray over the
The Greens' strident policy against oil exploration was the
opposite of where Labour energy spokesman David Shearer was
trying to take the Labour Party in an attempt to show Labour
was not anti-growth, he said.
Mr Shearer was quoted two weeks ago as saying deep sea
drilling would continue under a Labour government, but with
more safety regulations.
Mr Joyce said the Greens had adopted a cartoon-like approach
to economic policy, labelling everything used in the
resource-based sectors as bad.
''They are anti-oil, anti-dairy and anti-irrigation. On top
of that, they are also against free trade and against the
Government's roading programme which is crucial to connect
regional New Zealand.''
The Greens also announced the party wanted compulsory
shipping lanes for coastal shipping; building Maritime New
Zealand's oil-spill response capability; and introducing a
stronger legal framework to deal with the costs of