Sea Shepherd vessell and founder to visit Wellington

March 15, 2010

This is a message from the New Zealand Sea Shepherd group, to public and supporters:

We are 1000+ strong in New Zealand and growing rapidly, thanks to your efforts and the intensifying pressure on Japanese whalers to curtail their activities in the Southern Ocean Marine Sanctuary.

As a society with “conservation” in both our name and our charter, we have a deep concern for the devolution of the oceans and the extinction of many species of marine mammals and pelagic fish. We are living in a time of mass extinction; entire species are disappearing at an alarming rate. Nowhere is this happening faster than the oceans.

Sea Shepherd works for the overall good of the planet; we are a small organisation with a modest budget and operations worldwide. We have defended whales, dolphins, arp seals, bluefin tuna, sharks, turtles and other endangered marine life against poachers for more than thirty years.

We believe that John Key has misread the minds and hearts of New Zealanders in regards their relationship to the environment, and his proposal to reinstate commercial whaling after a 24- year moratorium is one example of the growing credibility gap between current government policies and the wishes of the New Zealand people. This is a values clash that cannot be negotiated.

Our response to this will be heard loud and clear this Friday 19th and Saturday 20th March in Wellington. Sea Shepherd’s founder Captain Paul Watson will be here Friday and Saturday; the Steve Irwin will arrive in port at Queen’s Wharf late Friday evening and be open to the public on Saturday, departing for the Galapagos Islands Saturday night. Here are the issues we will be addressing:

– Pete Bethune is going on trial in Japan when the real criminal, the Japanese skipper of the security vessel Shonan Maru No.2, who deliberately attacked and destroyed the Ady Gil, goes free in Japan. We will be showing our support for Pete, and inviting other organisations to join us.

– John Key’s flawed plan to resume commercial whaling goes on trial in the Court of New Zealand public opinion, with Labour’s Chris Carter leading the charge. If you haven’t signed the petition, take a minute and go to
http://carter.org.nz/?page_id=567.

– The Australian government has threatened to take Japan to an International Court in November over continued violations in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary.
Our government has refused to back this move, although they claim to want closer relations with Australia. We will ask why they are ignoring an issue that has commercial and environmental implications for both countries.

-The 47 signatories to the Antarctic Treaty meet in the USA next month. We want to see an environmental pollution complaint against Japanese whaling interests on the meeting’s agenda.

– Glen Inwood’s role as spokesman for the whalers and in supplying dis-information to the New Zealand government and media will be revealed to the public, along with his connection to Japanese commercial interests in New Zealand.

Update

OFFICIAL SEA SHEPHERD NEW ZEALAND EVENT

Sea Shepherd is coming to town. Show your support for saving the beloved whales, endangered and yet still being hunted in the thousands, in a whale sanctuary – in our back yard.

Here is a list of events so far:

FRIDAY 19TH MARCH – MIDDAY TO 2pm
OPEN FORUM SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT WITH CAPTAIN PAUL WATSON AT THE PARLIAMENT GROUNDS (grass area) Wellington.

FRIDAY 5.30PM
– Powhiri traditional Maori Welcome for Captain Paul Watson and the crew
of the Sea Shepherd boat the “Steve Irwin” .
– The Steve Irwin Ship arrives into Queens Wharf (in front of Ferg’s Kayaks building). If you are a boat owner or know of someone that is, follow the Steve Irwin into port and lets give them the best kiwi welcome ever!!

SATURDAY 20TH MARCH – 10 AM
– Tours of the ship

SATURDAY 20TH MARCH – 11 AM TO 1 PM
– Hear Captain Paul Watson talk at the CHIGAGO BAR, Queens wharf.

SATURDAY EVENING 20TH MARCH
6-11pm Charity Concert in support of Pete Bethune at Sandwiches bar, corner of Courtenay Place and Kent Terrace, Wellington City.
FEATURING OUR AMAZING NZ MUSICIANS………
– Tiki Taane
– Rhombus Sound System
– Steel Burning
– Riki Gooch
– Sean Deans
AND SPECIAL GUESTS…
Tickets $25 each or 5 tickets for $100.
Pre-purchase tickets through the team at Sea Shepherd Wellington by contacting:
lisa@seashepherd.org.nz
Phone Lisa or Marcus on 027 286 8642, 021 144 9249 or 04 972 0240

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