31st August 2019 – Voices for the Future (New Plymouth)

Voices of the Future is a youth run collaborative conference promoting discussion between generations on youth involvement in the climate crisis, and providing rangatahi with a platform to have their voices heard.


27th September 2019 – Earth Strike and Student Strike (New Plymouth)

More info soon!



Moving on from Oil and Gas – Community Information Day

Sunday 25 March 2018, 10am-5pm, Dowse Lower Hutt

Detailed program click here.Dowse March 25 info day leaflet

RALLY FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE, 26-27 March 2018, Wellington



Non-violent Direct Action Workshop

Saturday 10 March 2018, 1-4pm, Peace Hall (Opposite the Cathedral on Vivian St.), New Plymouth.  All welcome.

Details on facebook.


Sat 24 Feb 2018, New World car park, 78 Courtenay Street

The event will showcase a variety of electric vehicles (EVs) which are becoming popular alternatives to petrol guzzlers. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet passionate EV owners eager to share their knowledge and experience on their electric cars and bikes.

Details on facebook event page and Press release

Drivers & victims of the NZ fossil fuel industry – info evening

20 Feb 2018, 6:30-9pm Global Theatre, Palmerston North

Hosted by Its Our Future ManawatuFlyer for 20Feb18v1

The Bentley Effect – movie screening


Mon 2 Oct 7pm, 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth

Tue 3 Oct 7pm, Everybody’s Theatre, Opunake

Details here:

People’s Climate Rally – 22-23 March 2017, New Plymouth

Groups campaigning on climate change, fracking, oil and gas drilling and social justice from across Aotearoa have announced plans to disrupt the New Zealand Petroleum Conference in March this year.

The People’s Climate Rally is being organised by a coalition of groups including Climate Justice Taranaki, Parihaka, Frack Free, Oil Free Wellington, Pacific Panthers, Greenpeace New Zealand and 350 Aotearoa.

The two-day event, on March 22 and 23, will include peaceful protest, workshops, and entertainment for people of all ages that promotes a world without fossil fuels in order to curb the looming climate catastrophe.

The target is the NZ Petroleum Conference, held then in New Plymouth, which will see hundreds of delegates from oil and gas companies and government ministers meet to discuss oil exploration opportunities in New Zealand.

For more info go to


People’s Climate Picnic – Sat 28 Nov 2015, 12 noon, Puke Ariki landing, New Plymouth

While the UN and governments talk in Paris, we gather to demand change and be the change!

Climate Picnic A6 flyer 28Nov2015


Part of the NZ People’s Climate March and the Global Climate March



Wed 8pm Event Cinema New Plymouth

Must book ticket online here.




TPPA Walk Away Day of Action – sat 15 Aug 2015, 1 pm, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth

Be part of this nationwide action, come join the rally. Tell the government to walk away from this secret trade deal which will rob New Zealand its sovereign rights to a better future free of corporate bullying.

Check out updates on facebook page event

Len Lye Arts Centre Protest – 24th July 2015 at 6 pm

Are you aware that the Todd Energy Corporation is Len Lye Arts Centre’s largest private sponsor? This money, to the tune of $3 Million, has bought the company naming rights with the Todd Energy Learning Centre and Todd Energy Foyer within the building. The centre is opening this weekend.

Todd Energy, together with its joint venture partners, has built an extensive fortune through the exploitation of gas and oil across Taranaki. Residents near wellsites are badly affected by the drilling, fracking and production processes, not to mention the environmental damage and effects on climate change.

Many would agree that Todd’s sponsorship with naming rights represents little more than a way to buy social license/acceptance within our communities. It’s such a pity that the sponsorship has come from such a destructive, unsustainable industry.

We invite you to join us this Friday night 24th July at 6 pm, outside the Len Lye Centre / Govett Brewster Art Gallery, Queen Street (off Devon St West), New Plymouth. Let’s make a statement – “we don’t want dirty money, oil/gas companies do NOT have a social license to operate here”!


National Day of Action – Stop the TPPA

1pm, 7 March 2015; Puke Ariki, New Plymouth

More on facebook


Taranaki ECO Regional Gathering

beauty2Taranaki’s Beauty and the Beast – Community issues with Fossil Fuels and Climate Change

WHEN: Friday 30th January to Sunday 1st February 2015

WHERE: Muru Raupatu Marae, Te Arei Road West, Bell Block, Taranaki [ MAP ]

WHO: Organised by ECO, Climate Justice Taranaki and Sustainable Whanganui Trust

WHAT: This weekend ECO regional gathering in Taranaki began Friday evening with powhiri, local maori speaking and participants’ introductions. On Saturday was a field trip to learn what it’s like to live amidst oil and gas fields, and panel discussions on iwi experience, health and legal issues, as well as ‘what can we do about it?’ On Sunday, there were upskilling workshops and strategy sessions on climate justice, public mobilisation, RMA reform and synergistic campaigning, plus more… Throughout the weekend, we participants shared knowledge and experiences and work on community strategies and networking.

A programme can be found here. Information on some of the speakers can be found here.

Below are some of the speakers’ powerpoint presentations delivered at the gathering:

Taranaki’s Oil and Gas Industry – an Overview; Catherine Cheung, Climate Justice Taranaki (3.75mb PDF)

Sarah Roberts presentation (3mb) and notes

Sarah Roberts Oil and Gas Tour notes

Fracking, climate and health presentation (2.1mb) and references; Dr Anne MacLennan, Ora Taiao

Stand up for the RMA; Eugenie Sage, Green MP (2.88mb)

Sustainable Energy & Community Energy is Smart Energy (1.9mb); Ian Shearer, Engineers for Social Responsibility

Sustainable Communities presentation (1.6mb); Lyn Pearson, Sustainable Whanganui Trust

Hers’ the Community Joint Statement calling for a Ban on Fracking in New Zealand, signed at the gathering.

Here’s the media released sent out after the gathering.

Media story: ‘Taranaki’s Beauty and the Beast’ gathering to discuss environmental issues (River City Press, 29 Jan 2015)

ECO group wants oil, gas left alone (TDN, 2 Feb 2015)

Oil industry’s impact discussed at gathering (Wanganui Chronicle, 7 Feb)

Concerns on oil well vented (Wanganui Chronicle, 9 Feb)

Conference takes stand against fracking (Opunaki Coastal News, 13 Feb) – as per media release

Below are brief introductions of some of the speakers:

Claire Browning – Forest & Bird

Claire Browning is a former lawyer, editor, and senior policy adviser, turned conservation advocate for Forest & Bird: New Zealand’s oldest and largest environment NGO.
Ex-Ministry of Justice and Law Commission adviser, editor of Brookers’ criminal portfolio, Adams on Criminal Law co-author, and writer for the Criminal Reports of New Zealand, she has also written for blog site Pundit and in 2012 published Beyond Today: a values story, on green policy and politics on the 40th anniversary of New Zealand’s former Values Party.

Gary Cranston – Climate Justice Aotearoa, Unite!

Gary Cranston is a Union organiser with a background in environmental justice campaigning. Gary was Aotearoa’s spokesperson for the reclaim power action during the Copenhagen climate negotiations and has worked on climate justice related campaigns in coal mining communities in New South Wales and in the campaign to stop Petrobras from drilling for oil off the East Cape. Gary will be speaking about the big issues and opportunities that can put climate justice at the centre of climate action for 2015.

Michelle Ducat – Oil-free Wellington

I am a parent who lives in Lower Hutt and have been involved in Oil Free Wellington since it began in late 2012 when permits were granted to explore for oil in Pegasus Basin. I started to become active in climate justice campaigns in 2007.

Russell Gibbs

Married to Parani.
Chief Treaty Negotiator for Nga Hapu O Poutama.
Kaitiaki, Farmer.
Worked at shearing, fencing, shepherd and sharemilker.
Farms 5th generation tupuna lands south of the Tongaporutu river where I grew up. Sheep, cattle, and wild goats and pigs. Specialty farming Wiltshires a meat sheep that self shed their wool.
Farms according to Tikanga maori practice of environmental management, zero fertilizer and little to zero sprays and drenches. Involved in North Taranaki Apiaries Ltd a honey producer owned by hapu of Poutama specializes in Manuka honey production.
Concerns about the environment and the damage that is happening to Papatuanuku. Will speak on farming practices according to Tikanga maori. Planting and bush restoration programmes.

Lyn Pearson – Sustainable Whanganui

Lyn Pearson has been an environmentalist ever since she started participating in Forest & Bird activities with her Dad, at the age of 10.
She is proud to live in Whanganui & is very involved in both Sustainable Whanganui and Castlecliff Coast Care.
Lyn is also a keen permacultural gardener & has been married to Graham for almost 45 years.
She is concerned about the future her Grandkids will inherit.

Ian Shearer – Engineers for Social Responsibilities

Ian Shearer is an electrical engineer who has been involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for 20 years.
He was employed by ICLEI to assist local governments (mainly cities) in New Zealand and across Europe with sustainability projects, refurbishing historic buildings and electric vehicles, and carbon footprint assessments for cities and regions. His recent experience in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland was with energy efficiency projects integrated with smart networks to maximise renewable energy generation and usage.

Haumoana White

Age : older.
Rangatira of Ngati Wai of Poutama.
Kaitiaki, Farmer.
Worked at shearing, bush falling, fencing and slaughterman.
Farms tupuna lands south of the Mokau river where I grew up. Sheep, cattle, horses and wild goats and pigs. Specialty farming Wiltshires a meat sheep that self shed their wool.
Farms according to Tikanga maori practice of environmental management, zero fertilizer and little to zero sprays and drenches. Involved in North Taranaki Apiaries Ltd a honey producer owned by hapu of Poutama specializes in Manuka honey production.
Passionate about the environment and the damage that is happening to Papatuanuku.

Paul Young – Generation Zero

Paul is a co-founder of Generation Zero – a nationwide youth-led organisation working towards a zero carbon Aotearoa. Paul remains part of the national leadership team and does a range of things within the organisation, including research on climate change soutions and policy, advocacy and communications.
Paul is also a trustee of the National Energy Research Institute and is currently leading the modelling work on the 2050 Pathways project – an online tool allowing users to explore how New Zealand can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to create their own future scenarios. Paul completed an MSc in physics studying ocean wave power systems.


Heads in the Sand single A4

Let us know you are coming and share the event far and wide, via facebook

Multiple events are happening around NZ and Australia and elsewhere.

ALL WELCOME! This is also our end of year get-together. So we will have a picnic too 🙂


OMV Maari Development Drilling Marine Consent Application – Public Hearing

29-31 Oct 2014: Wellington

4 Nov 2014: Nelson

6 Nov 2014: New Plymouth

11-13 Nov 2014: Wellington

More details, including witnesses’ evidence, hearing procedures, EPA staff report & original application available on EPA website.


Protest against the Oil and Gas Expo, New Plymouth, Wednesday, 22nd October 2014

Meet at 12pm at the corner of Coronation Ave and Rogan St (across from New Plymouth Boys’ High School)

and then walk to the TSB Stadium. More on facebook event.  And here are the media stories:


Flyer public meetings June2014 v4 web

A big thank you to Seed Coastal Organics for sponsoring us organic tea and coffee.

We’d love some help in distributing this flyers in nearby townships. If you can help, please download Flyer public meetings June2014 v4 double (2 flyers on an A4 page) and do what you can.

We’re encouraging carpooling. If you want us to coordinate, please email with your name and location.


New Plymouth District Council “Shaping Our Future Together”

Monthly “community conversations” (informal gathering) with NPDC Mayor and Councilors (May – Aug 2014)

and monthly “online chats” with the Mayor (May – December 2014).

See locations, dates and time on NPDC website:

Tell the Mayor and Councilors to stop allowing more drilling for oil and gas, to divest investment away from dairy expansion which will destroy Tasmanian native forest, and other matters that concern you…


Taranaki Regional Council Hearings on Annual Plan 2014-2015 Review

5 May 2014, Taranaki Regional Council Chambers, 47 Cloten Road, Stratford


Frack Free Hui, Sunday 19 Jan 2014 (11am – 4pm), Waikanae
This is a hui to bring together organisers willing and able to work on forming a larger group/network of people
1) in support of Taranaki action to move drilling and fracking operations away from the mountain and national park and
2)to promote a frack free Kapiti (-Wellington) and beyond.
For more information, join facebook group Frack Free Kapiti and Beyond or ring Jean at 04 9024500.
Download leaflet:  Don’t Frack with our Mountain.
From the Mountain to the Sea ~ Stop the Drilling in Taranaki
Tell TAG NO! ~ HUI

Okaiawa hui 19Jan2014Hosts:  TE URU POUNAMU Action Group
Time:  11am Sunday 19 January
Place:  Te Ngutu o te Manu, 914 Ahipaipa Road, Ōkaiawa, Taranaki

Purpose: To discuss responses to TAG Oil drilling and exploration at the base of our sacred mountain Taranaki.
The hui is open to all those who are willing to paddle this waka together. Bring food for a shared lunch.
Raincheck venue is Kanihi Pa, Hastings Road, Ōkaiawa.  Details on facebook.



Date:  Friday 10th Jan 2014, 11am

Place: Tag Oil office, 119 St. Aubyn St., New Plymouth, Taranaki

PurposeTAG Oil plans to drill up to eight oil and gas wells just 220 metres from the Mt Taranaki National Park boundary, on Rowen Road. The Taranaki Regional Council has granted four resource consents in Sept 2013 for Tag Oil to discharge contaminants from the Heatseeker wellsite into air, land and water (tributary of Mangawhero-iti Stream). Stratford District Council has granted landuse consent with conditions in Nov 2013, following ruling by an independent commissioner. It is an absolute disgrace that TAG Oil will be able to drill and discharge contaminants so close to our sacred maunga. Local hapu, iwi and concerned folks will gather to peacefully resist Tag Oil’s plan.  Come and join us – tell Tag NO! 


Kanui Taranaki leaflet colour A5 v5

Nga Toka Tu Moana,  16 – 20 Jan 2013

The NgāTM (Ngā Toka Tu Moana) Festival is a week of celebration, sharing, planning and action for the planet in Te Whānau-a-Apanui on the East Coast of New Zealand.

Details on


Sustainable Farming Film Festival, 24 Nov 2012

For a printable version click here Sustainable Farming Film Festival POSTER

For more info on the Biological Farmers Association of NZ click here

For related videos go to Resources

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