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Flotilla and campaign to protect Aotearoa from oil drilling

$1,906 of $12,000 goal

Given by 26 generous donors in 5 weeks


Extinction Rebellion will launch a flotilla to OMV's drill site off Dunedin, and organise other peaceful activities to raise awareness.

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Austrian oil giant OMV is currently drilling for oil in the seas of Aotearoa. Right now its rig is drilling off the coast of Otago, in deeper and rougher water than the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in the middle of a climate emergency. It plans to continue drilling for the rest of the year, with new exploration in Taranaki also.

We will launch a flotilla of yachts to the OMV drill site in the Great South Basin. We will document the people and the journey, and bear witness to this huge oil rig in operation. Stories will be spread on social media, and to conventional media outlets.

Our campaign will also continue to take action to peacefully oppose this drilling program, and raise awareness of it to the general public across the country. Deep sea oil drilling is out of sight and mind for most kiwis; we want to give OMV the publicity they deserve.

The current climate emergency is fuelled by continued fossil fuel extraction. We already have more known fossil fuel reserves than we can afford to burn if we’re to maintain a safe climate for us to live in. The Government banned new offshore permits in 2019, yet they also extended this permit to allow continued exploration. Deep sea oil drilling places our precious oceans and our climate in the hands of the oil and gas industry that most New Zealanders don't trust - according to the industry’s own surveys.

Extinction Rebellion is committed to peaceful, non-violent activities. When enough people join together we will show decision makers it’s time for change.

Use of funds

To promote events, and ensure a range of kiwis can join the flotilla and the ongoing OMV campaign. Funding for boat operating costs, food supplies (if needed), safety equipment, gear to capture great imagery and sat' data to share the unfolding stories.

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  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 13 Feb 2020


    Keep up the good work and thanks for your efforts. Kia kaha


  • Dee

    Dee on 06 Feb 2020


    Kia ora We can't be with you physically but we are with you heart & soul. Grateful for your work. Nga mihinui


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 04 Feb 2020


    Kia kaha keep up the great work,sorry I cant join you all at sea ,what an awesome exoerience.Stay safe all of you.


  • Rebecca

    Rebecca on 28 Jan 2020



  • Claire

    Claire on 28 Jan 2020



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