Rainbow Warrior 3 Coming to the East Coast

Preparations are underway at Whangaparaoa and Te Kaha, East Coast, for the second NgaTM Festival (Nga Toka Tu Moana) hosted by Te Whanau a Apanui.

The festival will celebrate the pristine beauty of our East Coast environment and bring together environmental activists to develop strategies for a clean energy future and strengthen local and national opposition to fossil fuel extraction.

The five day festival kicks off on 16 January when the Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior 3, arrives in Te Whanau a Apanui waters at Whangaparaoa. The festival will move to Te Kaha the following day where there will be a series of workshops, hui and films culminating in the NgaTM Music Festival celebration on 20 January. Headline acts include Ardijah, 1814, Majic, Tama Waipara, Mihirangi and Leela Gilday from Canada.

Festival Co-ordinator, Ora Barlow, says there is plenty to celebrate this year with Petrobras pulling out of the permit to explore for oil off the coast in the Raukumara Basin. “But our environment is not safe by any means as the government still has plans for onshore oil and gas exploration over an extensive area in the Raukumara Forest and, while no other oil company showed interest in the Raukumara Basin when Petrobras won the permit, the government has said they will continue to offer exploration rights for offshore drilling on our coast,” she said.

“We see the expansion of oil and gas exploration across vast areas around Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and many other regions as reckless, putting peoples health and primary industries at risk, when we should be investing in the many opportunities our climate offers for sustainable and clean energy. We hope the NgaTM Festival will consolidate efforts to raise awareness of the issues and help bring about change in our dependence on fossil fuels, as well as celebrate our victories,” Ms Barlow said.

The first NgaTM Festival was held over two days in January 2011.

Tickets for the festival are available through the Nga Toka Tu Moana website: http://ngatoka.wordpress.com/

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