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Protest at Fonterra HQ in Auckland Wednesday

15 Oct

FonterraHQProtestAuckland Coal Action will be meeting 4.00 pm this Wednesday 16th, outside the main entrance to the Maidment Theatre, Auckland University Quad, Alfred St to deliver wood chips to Fonterra’s Headquarters in Princes St to protest the likely approval of Fonterra’s new mine at Mangatangi, 50km south of Auckland.

Coal is one of the dirtiest fossil fuels and leading climate scientists have stated that coal usage must be phased out as soon as possible in order to prevent catastrophic global warming.

Fonterra plans to open a new mine to continue supplying coal to its existing operations in the Waikato, even though wood waste is a viable alternative.

Fonterra and other companies have sat on their hands for twenty years and the need for action is now extremely urgent.

Join us to deliver the message: Fonterra must commit to wood waste now!

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Queen’s Birthday coal protest

3 Jun

The queue of traffic returning to Auckland at the end of the holiday weekend was alerted to plans for a new coal mine at Mangatawhiri, near Auckland.

On this cold and breezy Queen’s Birthday afternoon, members of Auckland Coal Action got together to protest the new Fonterra coal mine. As at Easter, we hung banners and passed out leaflets to people in the line of cars on State Highway 2 as the vehicles passed the site of the proposed mine.  

We were heartened to receive lots of waves and beeps from the passing cars.

Police eventually arrived to deliver a warning for leafleting, but not before hundreds of flyers had been given out.  The banners, however, were allowed to stay up and will have been seen by thousands of people.

Queens Birthday encore rally against coal at Mangatawhiri

1 Jun

Looking for something fun, worthwhile, altruistic, artistically creative, and political, to do on the last day of Queens Birthday weekend? Undecided what to do? Sad at the damage climate change is doing to our world?

Following on from our highly successful protest at Easter, seen by around 2000 vehicles, we are returning to Mangatawhiri for an encore.

Why not join the fight against the number 1 preventable cause of global greenhouse gas emissions, coal?

When?
This holiday Monday, 3 June, starting at 1.30pm (set up from 1pm)

What?
Meet for a roadside rally against Fonterra’s proposed new coal mine.

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Who?
Auckland Coal Action is calling for the public to rally to protest Fonterra’s proposed new coal mine.

Where?
On the Auckland-bound side of State Highway 2 next to the site of the proposed new coal mine on the Mangatawhiri straight.

Meet after 1pm for roadside protest at the corner of Homestead Road (motorway overbridge) and Bell Road.

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Coming from Auckland you will need to take the Mangatawhiri exit from State Highway 2 onto Mangatawhiri Road.

Coming from East, you will need to take the Golf Road exit.

Click here for a map of the area: http://www.wises.co.nz/l/waikato/mangatawhiri/bell+road/#c/-37.221375/175.148721/15/

Need a ride?
Contact Rosemary Segedin about carpooling. 0274873033.

What should I bring?

Bring your own banners and signs stating your opposition to climate change, and coal mining. Warm clothing is advised.

Some suggested messages:

  • No New Coal Mines
  • Coal Cooks the Climate
  • Back Off Fonterra
  • Use Wood Waste Fonterra
  • Coal Causes Drought
  • Coal = Climate Chaos = Drought
  • Coal Dried Milk = Climate Dried Paddocks
  • Coal Free Mangatawhiri

Or, invent your very own personal climate change message to present to the public and Fonterra.

What will I do?
There will be lots of returning holiday crowds for you to interact with, Bored out of their minds sitting in the traffic and interested by anything you do, to bring attention to the danger of coal to the environment.

Can anyone come?
Yes. If you are returning from your holiday why not stop and join the rally? You will only be stuck in traffic anyway!

Support the campaign against new coal mines!
Contact Geoff 09 528 9450, 027 384 7927 or Pat 09 296 8538, 027 705 9741

Motorists entertained by anti-coal protest

2 Apr

Motorists returning to Auckland from the Easter weekend on Monday afternoon from Coromandel or Tauranga were slowed to a crawl for much of the length of SH2. As they passed the site of Fonterra’s proposed new mine at Mangatawhiri they were entertained and informed by a resolute group of ACA folk.

Coal cooks the climate

“Fonterra plans coal mine here” was hung on a 2.4m x 1.2m billboard from the overbridge where the mine site starts, alongside one saying “Fonterra could use Wood Waste”.

The various anti-coal messages included “Coal causes drought” – very pertinent in the white parched fields of Mangatawhiri.

Traffic

A traffic count suggested a hundred cars were passing the site every six minutes so at that rate we talked to about 2,000 vehicles, most of them with multiple passengers. Further along where traffic neared a standstill leaflets were handed through the windows to those interested.

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The heartening thing was the huge number of toots of support we got, along with friendly waves and thumbs up. The few thumbs down were a tiny minority and none of them looked to be having a good time!

Eight people were kept very busy holding all this stuff but we had a great time. What did we learn? Next time start earlier in the day and have more people so we can run shifts!

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Join roadside rally against coal

31 Mar

Looking for something fun, worthwhile, altruistic, artistically creative, and political, to do on the last day of your Easter Holiday? Undecided what to do? Sad at the damage climate change is doing to our world?

Why not join the fight against the number 1 preventable cause of global greenhouse gas emissions, coal?

When?
This holiday Monday, 1 April, starting at 2pm

What?
Meet for a roadside rally against Fonterra’s proposed new coal mine.

Who?
Auckland Coal Action and Coal Free Mangatawhiri are calling for the public to rally to protest Fonterra’s proposed new coal mine.

Where?
On the Auckland-bound side of State Highway 2 next to the site of the proposed new coal mine on the Mangatawhiri straight.

Meet before 2pm at 398 Mangatawhiri Road (between Jeff and Bell Road).

Meet after 2pm for roadside protest at the corner of Homestead Road (motorway overbridge) and Bell Road.

Meeting points

Coming from Auckland you will need to take the Mangatawhiri exit from State Highway 2 onto Mangatawhiri Road.

Coming from East, you will need to take the Golf Road exit.

Click here for a map of the area: http://www.wises.co.nz/l/waikato/mangatawhiri/bell+road/#c/-37.221375/175.148721/15/

Need a ride?
Contact us about carpooling.

What should I bring?

Bring your own banners and signs stating your opposition to climate change, and coal mining. Cold drinks, sunhats, and sunscreen are also advised.

Some suggested messages:

  • No New Coal Mines
  • Coal Cooks the Climate
  • Back Off Fonterra
  • Use Wood Waste Fonterra
  • Coal Causes Drought
  • Coal = Climate Chaos = Drought
  • Coal Dried Milk = Climate Dried Paddocks
  • Coal Free Mangatawhiri

Or, invent your very own personal climate change message to present to the public and Fonterra.

What will I do?
There will be lots of returning holiday crowds for you to interact with, Bored out of their minds sitting in the traffic and interested by anything you do, to bring attention to the danger of coal to the environment.

Can anyone come?
Yes. If you are returning from your holiday why not stop and join the rally? You will only be stuck in traffic anyway!

Support the campaign against new coal mines!
Contact Geoff 09 528 9450, 027 384 7927 or Pat 09 296 8538, 027 705 9741

Roadside Coal Protest at Mangatawhiri

30 Mar

Media Release – Coal Free Mangatawhiri and Auckland Coal Action

 Saturday 30th March 2013

Coal Free Mangatawhiri and Auckland Coal Action are joining forces on Monday to protest Fonterraʼs proposed new coal mine beside state highway 2.

Protesters will gather from 2pm at Mangatawhiri south of Auckland for the roadside rally protesting Fonterraʼs proposed new Mangatangi Mine.

They hope to engage with people queued in traffic on SH2 on their way back to Auckland.

Local residents, iwi and supporters from Auckland will be calling for ʻno new coalʼ and making the point that ʻcoal cooks the climateʼ in an awareness raising campaign against the proposed mine.

Public submissions on resource consents for the mine, closed this week with Waikato Regional Council and Waikato District Council. Hundreds of submissions were sent in by local residents, iwi and others opposing the proposed new coal mine at Mangatawhiri.

The resource consent applications were made by Fonterraʼs coal mining subsidiary Glencoal Energy Ltd, which is seeking consents for an open cast mine on farmland at Mangatawhiri right beside SH2.

If the mine goes ahead it will be highly visible to anyone driving along SH2. The mine is intended to produce 120,000 tonnes of coal a year to supply the Fonterra dairy factories at Waitoa, Hautapu and Te Awamutu. Fonterraʼs nearby Kopako coal mine is predicted to close in 2014.

Instead of opening a new coal mine in a farming community, locals believe Fonterra should phase out coal in favour of locally available cleaner burning, wood waste.

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Fonterra ‘tasting’ serves a side of coal to passers-by

5 Mar

“Would you like to taste some of Fonterra’s fine products? Here you are – it comes with coal!”

Orientation Week seemed a good time to stage a bit of street theatre outside Fonterra’s HQ just down hill from Auckland University. Four waitresses in frilly white aprons and caps offered passers-by (mainly students) samples of Fonterra milk and cheese – then popped a piece of coal on top.

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Do you realise your cheese comes with coal?

It was a great conversation starter about the proposed new coal mine at Mangatawhiri and how Fonterra could use wood chip in its dairy factories instead of coal. Most people agreed, and most were horrified, having no idea that Fonterra was such a major coal burner.


Police and media presence

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Also, interested in the action were a number of media outlets. Waikato Times did a preview, Radio BFM did an interview, a rural TV programme turned up and the NZ Herald’s Elements environmental supplement ran a piece too.

Why target Fonterra now?

Glencoal, wholly owned by Fonterra, has applied for consents for an open cast mine on farmland at Mangatawhiri on SH2. It’s not an easy place for them as it would be highly visible to anyone driving from Auckland to Tauranga or the Coromandel. Planned to produce 120,000 tonnes a year, it would take over from the Kopako 3 mine which currently supplies the dairy factories at Waitoa, Hautapu and Te Awamutu. With the Kopako coal running out in 2014, it’s a good time to start the phase out of coal in favour of waste wood which is locally available.

Local opinion

Local farmers and residents are not overly happy about living next to an open cast mine and a public meeting has been organised jointly by local people and Auckland Coal Action for 7 March. Locals will hear Jim Salinger speak on the expected impacts of climate change on farming in that area, as well as speakers on the health effects of coal mining and how to make a submission under the RMA on the consent hearing.

Watch this space for more.