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5 October 2018

Greenpeace Press Release: “Look after our whales”: Lucy Lawless’ trans-Tasman challenge

(C) 2018 Greenpeace New Zealand - Lucy Lawless watching Whales in the Great Australian BiteActor Lucy Lawless has laid down a trans-Tasman challenge from on board the Rainbow Warrior, calling on Australians to help protect New Zealand’s whales.

Lawless is currently on board the Greenpeace flagship in Kaikōura, from where whales regularly visit on their way to spend time in Australian waters.

“I’m challenging Australians and their Government to protect whales everywhere by stopping the risky deep sea oil drilling that is planned for the Great Australian Bight, right in the middle of critical whale habitats,” she says.

“Australia has a reputation for claiming New Zealand’s stuff. I’ll give them Pavlova, but when it comes to our whales, we’re drawing a line. We’ll do everything in our power to protect them.

“We’re pretty good at winning moral battles using peaceful protest here in New Zealand. We’ve been opposing oil exploration in our hundreds of thousands for almost a decade, and we’ve just seen our Government become one of the first to put an end to new offshore oil and gas permits.

“Now we need our Australian neighbours to crank up the pressure. Together, we could protect the Southern Seas that connect our two countries and create one of the biggest oil free blocks on the planet. An obvious first step is saving the Great Australian Bight.”

Lawless is using her social media clout to call on Australians to take action with her.

The Great Australian Bight stretches across the Southern coast of Australia and is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. It’s where endangered whales give birth and raise their young, where scientists recently discovered hundreds of new species, and where there is more unique diversity of life than the Great Barrier Reef.

Despite this, oil companies are planning to undertake the riskiest experimental oil drilling there that’s ever been attempted.

Greenpeace Australia and New Zealand have teamed up to save the Great Australian Bight. A cross-Tasman petition is travelling around New Zealand on board the Rainbow Warrior, and will then be taken to Australia with the ship.

After Kaikōura, the ship will visit Lyttelton, Dunedin, Stewart Island and Bluff, before heading across the Tasman.

The Rainbow Warrior is in New Zealand to celebrate the oil exploration ban and promote clean energy alternatives, as well as highlight areas of the country where oil exploration is still a reality due to pre-existing exploration and drilling permits.

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand



13 February 2018

Lucy's Unusual Tweet To Start Campaign For Xenites to Rally For The Love Army Movement

There was a series of tweets by Lucy today in response to @WeAreLoveArmy campaign. Her initial tweet says she will forgive herself for being an arsehole (asshole) for decades which was an unusual way to start and promote the campaign. The campaign strives to ground our lives, politics and movements in an ethic of love. In other words, there is far too much hate in the world (way way way way too much hate). It's an unusual way to start off a campaign aimed at reconciliation and finding a better way in dealing with those you disagree with.










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2 October 2017

Press Release: Let’s Put Litter in its Place with Lucy Lawless

Let’s Put Litter in its Place!

Monday, 2 October 2017, 9:20 am
Press Release: Love NZ

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First national campaign to raise awareness about litter in New Zealand since the 1980s

AUCKLAND, 2 October 2017 –Love NZ and Be a Tidy Kiwi have launched a joint TV advertising campaign to encourage New Zealanders to “Put Litter in its Place.” The TV Commercial developed by BrandWorld features Lucy Lawless and Ian Mune and will initially run for six weeks on TV1 and 2 with a separate digital campaign being launched. The message from Lucy and Ian is “Let’s Put Litter in its Place. It’s just how we do things around here.”



The campaign is linked to a national behavioural change programme and investment in new and upgraded rubbish/recycling infrastructure that use smart technology to minimise overflow and reduce collection costs. The new vibrant bins which feature signage in multiple languages will be introduced in Marlborough, Queenstown Lakes, Rotorua, Tauranga and Wellington during October and November.

The campaign is managed by The Packaging Forum and the Auckland Litter Prevention Steering Group which manages the Be a Tidy Kiwi brand and comprises Auckland Council, Keep Auckland Beautiful, Auckland Motorways (NZ Transport Agency) and KiwiRail and is supported by councils around the country.

Richard Leckinger, Program Manager for Be a Tidy Kiwi says “There has been no national campaign about litter since the 1980s and this new campaign is intended to nudge New Zealanders into thinking before they litter. We are very pleased to be bringing together two of New Zealand’s iconic brands, Love NZ and Be a Tidy Kiwi to kick-start awareness and the motivation to make a change.”

Lyn Mayes, Manager at The Packaging Forum, says “Our membership includes around 70% of the 100 most often littered brands and they will be working with us to bring the Let’s Put Litter in its Place message to their consumers. We also encourage those Fast Food, Snack Food and Beverages brands who don’t fund recycling and waste management through our schemes to get behind the campaign and be part of the solution.”

The $2.4 million project has received $1.72 million funding from The Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund and will be supported by in kind investment by industry and local government to increase the reach of this national advertising campaign.




11 September 2017

Lucy at NZ Green Party Climate Policy Launch 10 September 2017

Lucy attended and spoke at the New Zealand Green Party Climate Policy Launch in Auckland yesterday (10 September 2017). New Zealand will be going to a general election on 23 September 2017.

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16 August 2017

New Image: Lucy Tweets Pic from Norway

Lucy tweeted a pic from her recent rip to Norway. Since StatOil has been following Lucy, she thought she might help them in telling them where she had been.



12 August 2017

NZ Herald: Activists: Lawless Spied On By Oil Companies 12 August 2017

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Greenpeace says it believes the actor Lucy Lawless was spied on by oil companies.

Lucy Lawless takes part in a Greenpeace protest in front of Statoil rig Songa Enabler in the Arctic’s Barents Sea in July.

This week the Herald revealed that the environmental lobby group claimed to have caught spies in the act, and had filed a privacy lawsuit in the Auckland High Court against Thompson & Clark Investigations which it alleged had run a longrunning spying campaign for oil companies Statoil and Anadarko.

Greenpeace claimed it caught the spies in the act after being tipped off by an anonymous source.

In response to questions from the Weekend Herald, Greenpeace New Zealand boss Russel Norman said Lucy Lawless’ high profile role in its climate campaign and information they have seen made it “highly likely” she was among those followed and watched.

Image636381394645271449The actor took part in a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic Barents Sea in July to oppose the search for new oil by Statoil which is majority- owned by the Norwegian Government.

Lawless didn’t know whether she had been followed home, as Greenpeace claims some of its members were, but told the Weekend Herald she could see why the team “are creeped out”.

“For crying out loud, if Statoil wants to know what I’m up to, they can follow me on Twitter or just read the Herald.”

Lawless said if she was being followed “in my private life to things like parent teacher meetings or tailing me when I’m out with friends, that would just be sordid and stalkerish.

“I have so many questions, like since Statoil is state- owned, was the Norwegian Government aware of it?”

Lawless said she knows the Greenpeace staff. “They are humble folk with a lot of integrity and the fact that they’ve become targets of corporatesponsored espionage is ludicrous.

“I won’t be put off by this and I’m sure that Greenpeace won’t either.”

The Herald emailed requests for comment to the companies this week. A director of Thompson & Clark said they were “bemused” by Greenpeace’s legal claim. A request for comment about Lucy Lawless has been sent to the investigation and security firm.

Prime Minister Bill English has categorically dismissed any suggestion that the Government was in any way involved or complicit and Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins also said she had no knowledge of any alleged spying.

Thompson & Clark has provided information about Greenpeace to New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals, a division of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, a spokesman for MBIE said. This was said to be information relevant to the prosecution of three Greenpeace activists.

“Thompson & Clark were the securit y company on board the Amazon Warrior seismic survey vessel [ prospecting off the Wairarapa coast] and have provided evidence of the alleged offending at sea, ” the spokesman said.

Apart from photos and videos of the alleged incident at sea, any information Thompson & Clark provided MBIE was specific to risks identified in safety and security plans, he said.

“For example, these may include pictures or locations of boat/ trailers on ramps, in relation to potential interference with an offshore activity. We are not informed about how information is gathered but we expect that anything provided has been gathered lawfully.”

In April, Norman and two other Greenpeace activists were prosecuted after jumping into the sea in front of the Amazon Warrior. The ship was conducting seismic sounding for Statoil and Chevron.

It was reported last month that the trio would be offered diversion, an avenue that would require them to admit to breaking the law. At the time Norman accused the Government of “prosecuting climate activists and pandering to oil companies”.



31 July 2017

Xena Boards The Arctic Sunrise with Lucy...

On the official Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise facebook page they posted the following about Lucy drawing a little Xena on the boat!

In the past few days we have been busy preparing stuff for the campaign; soon we will share what we are getting ready to do. But today we want you to see something else, something that happened behind the scenes which shows a bit of the human component aboard. This is how Lucy Lawless gifted us a little souvenir to remember the time we spent together with her before she disembarked in our last visit to Tromsø. She is a great activist and having her aboard was quite an honor!

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For more about Lucy's protest with the Arctic Sunrise on the Barents Sea, go to the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Save The Arctic Stat Oil Barents Sea Protest Page



25 July 2017

More Official Greenpeace Photos and Video

I'll have the full set of Official Greenpeace photos and video shortly. Here are some of the images released by Greenpeace



21 July 2017

Official Greenpeace Photos of Lucy With Arctic Sunrise

Greenpeace has released the following photos of Lucy from the Save The Arctic voyage to Bear Island to document the pristine environment after the Norwegian government granted four new licences for drilling in the arctic. The state owned company, Statoil, is planning to drill in the area.

For more about Lucy's role as an eco-warrior go to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Eco-Warrior Subsite











For more about Lucy's role as an eco-warrior go to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Eco-Warrior Subsite



21 July 2017

Press Release: Actor Lucy Lawless sets off on Greenpeace ship to confront Arctic oil drillers

Capture.JPGActor Lucy Lawless sets off on Greenpeace ship to confront Arctic oil drillers

Press release - July 20, 2017
New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless has just set sail on the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, to confront the Norwegian oil giant Statoil as it drills for oil in the Arctic.

Up until last month, the state-owned Norwegian company was in New Zealand waters where it was prospecting for oil off the Wairarapa Coast using the world's largest seismic surveying ship, the Amazon Warrior.

During this time Lawless helped Greenpeace crowdfund for a boat, named Taitu, which the environmental organisation used to confront the Amazon Warrior at sea, stopping it from seismic blasting for a period of time.

She is now following Statoil across the globe and will spend just over a week in the Arctic with a team of climate activists, tailing the company as it drills for oil in one of the most pristine parts of the planet.

The Norwegian Government is opening up a new oil frontier in the Arctic, the northernmost for 20 years, and Statoil will drill up to seven wells there this year.

In November, Greenpeace and the Norwegian organisation, Nature & Youth, will take the Government to court, arguing that it is violating The Paris Agreement and the Norwegian Constitution.

Lawless says climate change is a global issue and the fossil fuels companies that drive it must be challenged wherever they are.

She will be updating people on her journey over social media as it unfolds.

"For me it's more than a case of 'not in our own backyard'. Climate change is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. The companies driving it must be pursued and stopped - we will confront them in every corner of the world," she says.

"New Zealand is my homeland. I cannot stand by as big oil companies come in to drill against all our best interests. The age of oil must end."

The Arctic trip follows on from Greenpeace's at-sea action against Statoil in New Zealand.

Three swimmers, including Greenpeace New Zealand Executive Director Dr Russel Norman, travelled more than 50 nautical miles off the Wairarapa Coast in the crowdfunded boat, Taitu, in search of the Amazon Warrior, which has been blasting for oil on behalf of Statoil.

Norman and two others then put themselves in the water in front of the 125-metre long ship, forcing it to change course and cease blasting for a day.

Both Greenpeace and the three swimmers have been charged under the 'Anadarko Amendment' of the Crown Minerals Act. It's the first time anyone has been charged under the controversial law, which was passed in 2013 without public consultation, and is designed stop protest against oil ships at sea.

The activists face jail time and, along with Greenpeace, face large fines

For more about Lucy's role as an eco-warrior go to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Eco-Warrior Subsite



21 July 2017

Video: Interview with Lucy From The Arctic Sunrise

We've come up against Statoil's reckless oil exploration here in NZ recently, and now we're sending one of our ships North to take them on in the Arctic - and Lucy Lawless is on board! Here she talks about why she's there, and why it would be AMAZING if you signed on to support the campaign at:

For more about Lucy's role as an eco-warrior go to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Eco-Warrior Subsite



20 July 2017

Joining The Club To End The Oil Age by Lucy Lawless


Joining The Club To End The Oil Age 
by Lucy Lawless
NZ Herald - 20 July 2017

OK, so I am not Greenpeace. And I don't work for them.

But I met the activist Bunny McDiarmid 25 years ago when I basically played her in a TV movie called The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior.

She had been a crew member who was ashore at the time of the bombing in Auckland 1985. I met her and her partner, Henk, and found them to be completely unaffected, forthright, funny, educated and wise.

They were a revelation to me - nothing like the crazy hippies I had been taught to expect. I was raised in a conservative home and my Dad embraced all that Robbie Muldoon embodied in the 70s. There were "Think Big" stickers next to Rolling Stones ones on my brother's bedroom door.

Bunny eventually went on to run Greenpeace New Zealand and then after a short break last year, became the executive director of Greenpeace international. And now I count a number of their activists as the classiest and most decent people I've ever met.

So while I don't work for Greenpeace, I know who they are at their core and I believe 100 percent in their integrity.

So now I find myself on an icebreaker ship, going literally to the ends of the earth with them. Our mission is to hasten the end of the oil age.

We just cast off from the port of Tromso and the waters of the Sounds are utterly calm, the ship rolls left and right when it hits a current. The craft is crazily sensitive and makes me wonder what's ahead.

The medic administered sea sickness pills two hours ago to newbies like me. I'm wearing Norwegian boots with curled up toes as a sultan might wear. So my big toes can give a thumbs-up sign when something cool happens. 

Before we left port, I went into town to get a cheap and cheerful raincoat and was lured down an alley by a shingle pointing to Tromso's (Ye olde) shoemaker. I was really charmed by the storybook cobblers, with little shoes all in a row.

"Gosh, did you make those reindeer boots or are you mending them?" I ask the apple-cheeked lady in the gingerbread apron. No, that's not reindeer she explains, "it's ....(snort, snort, snort)."

"What... pig? Like some kind of hairy boar, endemic to this area? Fancy!"

"No, not pig. It's, how do you say - oh, I wish I knew the name for it in English. You know..." she makes the action of repeatedly clubbing, "you know, the babies on the ice!"

"Oh, gosh, right, well, I don't think I'll be wanting a pair of those."

Jaysus, I thought as I left, definitely not in Kansas anymore.

For more about Lucy's role as an eco-warrior go to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Eco-Warrior Subsite