18 May 2013

Protests against deep sea oil drilling across the country

5:32 pm on 18 May 2013

Hundreds of campaigners have gathered at beaches across New Zealand today, as part of a global protest against deep sea oil drilling.

The rallies, organised by the Hands Across The Sands group, were from Dunedin to Auckland, with plans for protests on beaches in other parts of the world, including America, Canada and Brazil.

About 75 people joined the protest at New Brighton in Christchurch on Saturday.

One of the organisers, Siana Fitzjohn, who's also part of Oil Free Otautahi, says she's concerned about proposed test drilling in the Canterbury Basin by American company Anadarko.

The Hands Across The Sands group campaigns for more use of cleaner energy sources.