Taranaki's Beauty and the Beast
A hui attended by more than 80 people, representing more than 18 groups from around Aotearoa, was held last weekend in Taranaki.
The Environment and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa (ECO), Sustainable Whanganui Trust and Climate Justice Taranaki jointly organised the hui, held at Muru Raupatu Marae from Friday 30 January to Sunday 1 February.
Eighteen different groups were represented, including the National Council of Women, Ora Taiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, the Clean Earth League, Greenpeace, Coal Action Network Aotearoa and 350.
On Saturday there was a field trip to a number of fossil fuel extraction sites and a half-hour blockade of a liquid fuel tanker (see pictures).
A joint statement was issued at the conclusion of the conference, calling for a complete ban of fracking in Aotearoa.
Further information about the hui can be found on Climate Justice Taranaki's web site: