Lucy Lawless on board Noble Discoverer. Photo supplied
Actor Lucy Lawless and seven other Greenpeace activists
have been sentenced to community work and ordered to pay
reparation for boarding a drilling ship contracted to Shell
Todd during a protest last year.
The group were arrested last February after they boarded the
Noble Discoverer at the Port of Taranaki and spent 77 hours
up a 58m tower, in protest against Shell's oil exploration
operation in the Arctic.
They earlier pleaded guilty to being unlawfully on a ship.
In New Plymouth District Court this morning, Judge Allan
Roberts sentenced each of the activists to 120 hours of
community work and ordered them to pay $651.44 each in
reparation to the port.
But the protesters avoided paying more than $600,000 in
reparation sought by police.
Greenpeace climate campaigner Simon Boxer, who was in court
to support the activists, said the reparation request was
He said the activists were passionate about their cause.
"It was a stiff sentence but they know what they were doing
was right, and they know what matters the most was that they
brought a spotlight onto the Arctic drilling plans of Shell.
"As we've seen over this last year, those plans are in
disarray at the moment because of that spotlight that started
in New Zealand, so they feel it was their duty to act."
The group was initially charged with entering an enclosed
area at the Port of Taranaki without authority and with the
intent to commit a crime.
Those sentenced today were Lawless, Jan Raoni Hammer, Mike
Ross Buchanan, Shayne Panayiotis Comino, Vivienne Rachel
Hadlow, Shai Sebastian Naides, Zach Steven Penman and Ilai
- Matthew Backhouse of APNZ