Greenpeace activists lock down government science ship caught searching for oil
WELLINGTON: Greenpeace activists have boarded a Government research ship after discovering it has been exploring for oil. The NIWA research boat Tangaroa has recently been refitted for oil and gas exploration and has been searching for deep sea oil reserves off the East Coast of the North Island on behalf of Statoil and Chevron.
Three Greenpeace activists have locked themselves to the mast, and more are secured to various areas on deck. They have unfurled a banner reading: "Climb it Change" and intend to stay as long as possible.
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Arrests after Greenpeace activists storm Niwa ship in Wellington harbour
24 Novermber, 2015
Greenpeace activists stormed the Niwa research ship Tangaroa, claiming the vessel has been involved in oil exploration. Protester Niamh O'Flynn was one of 2 arrested Tuesday morning.
Greenpeace climate campaigner Steve Abel said the government was being "dishonest".