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Ghost of Christmas future visits Fonterra

7 Dec

Auckland Coal Action demonstrated outside Fonterra’s head office in Auckland yesterday against the company’s continued reliance on coal-fired boilers at its dairy factories around the country. The protest caught the eye of passers-by, many stopping to take photos of Fonterra’s “climate ambassador”.

Fonterra, New Zealand’s second largest coal user, claims it will quit coal, but its progress to date is much to slow.  Its current targets of “no new coal boilers installed from 2030”, and a 30% emissions reduction by that date, are way too slow to protect us from the serious consequences of climate change.

Auckland Coal Action calls on Fonterra to make these commitments:

  • No new coal-fired equipment to be installed.
  • Existing coal-fired boilers to be steadily phased out and replaced with alternatives using sustainable fuels.
  • IPCC target of 67% reduction in coal emissions by 2030 to be adopted and complied with.

We need action starting right now, not in 2030.


Cows protest Fonterra’s lack of climate action

26 Jul

Press release 26/07/18

A herd of bellowing cows have joined a protest on busy Fanshawe St today, outside Fonterra’s Auckland Office, calling for it to stop sitting on the fence with regard to climate change, and to start taking urgent action to reduce its climate-wrecking emissions from coal burning. Protesters are from Auckland Coal Action, and other local groups that are highly concerned.

Fonterra presents itself as an environmentally friendly business and has joined the recently-formed Climate Leaders Coalition business group. But Auckland Coal Action spokesperson, Peter Whitmore, says that, based on available information, New Zealand’s second largest coal user still has not taken any meaningful steps to reduce its emissions by switching to sustainable fuels or to other processing methods in its major dairy factories.

“The need to rapidly phase out of coal use has now been clearly articulated by many scientists over a long period”, says Whitmore. “It is over 10 years since leading climate scientist, James Hansen, said that to maintain a liveable planet coal must be phased out in developed countries by 2025 and in developing countries by 2030, a finding that has also been backed up by more recent studies.”

“It is essential for industry to do its part so that this country can meet the internationally agreed Paris objective of holding global warming to under 2°C, and preferably to under 1.5°C”, says Whitmore. “Fonterra needs to step up by urgently phasing out all its coal-fired boilers, with the aim of none being operational after 2025 and definitely not after 2030”, he says. This is a challenge, but the assessment of his Auckland Coal Action group and others is that it is achievable, if Fonterra starts right now.

This is also a challenge that Fonterra must not shirk as we are already seeing serious impacts of climate change occurring globally.



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Peter Whitmore
Auckland Coal Action
021 457 465


Climate Change: The Challenge – Movies & Messages

11 Jul

Thursday 27 July 2017
6:00pm – 8.30pm
University of Auckland, Owen Glenn Building, OGB 3/260-092

Climate Change - The Challenge

Come and watch:

Earthrise – Take the Power Back
How ordinary people are mobilizing to disrupt the fossil fuel industry.

Shows the amazing things the regular people are willing to do when faced with the biggest crisis in human history.

Come and hear:

Russel Norman
Executive Director of Greenpeace NZ

Chlöe Swarbrick
Past Auckland Mayoral Candidate and now Parliamentary Candidate for the Green Party

Sarah Thomson
Hamilton Law Student taking NZ Government to court over lack of action on climate change

Entry by koha

Government consultation on climate change – in Auckland this Monday night

16 May

For the first time since being elected, the National Government has responded to public pressure by engaging in a public consultation on climate change – with very short notice and limited time to present your views. This is your chance to tell the government in person that their policy of agricultural intensification, expected to increase New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions by around 50% over the next 20 years (after they have already increased nearly 50% in the last 20 years) is totally unacceptable.
The Auckland meeting is this Monday night at Rendezvous Hotel, corner of Vincent Street and Mayoral Drive (opposite the police station) 7pm



FREE film screening: “Hot Air” Thursday 5 March 7PM at Auckland University

6 Feb

How big business persuaded the New Zealand government to adopt one of the worst climate change policies in the world.

A free documentary screening at OGGB4, Owen Glenn Building, University of Auckland, 5 March 7pm.

Hosted by Auckland Coal Action and Engineers for Social Responsibility. Donations appreciated.


Auckland Coal Action Annual General Meeting, Saturday 7 February 1pm in Mt. Eden

1 Feb

Auckland Coal Action will hold its annual general meeting at the Friends Meeting House, corner of Sylvan Ave and Mt. Eden Road, Mt. Eden at 1pm this Saturday.

Anyone with an interest in positive action to prevent climate change is welcome.

Agenda available on request:

Protest at Fonterra HQ in Auckland Wednesday

15 Oct

FonterraHQProtestAuckland Coal Action will be meeting 4.00 pm this Wednesday 16th, outside the main entrance to the Maidment Theatre, Auckland University Quad, Alfred St to deliver wood chips to Fonterra’s Headquarters in Princes St to protest the likely approval of Fonterra’s new mine at Mangatangi, 50km south of Auckland.

Coal is one of the dirtiest fossil fuels and leading climate scientists have stated that coal usage must be phased out as soon as possible in order to prevent catastrophic global warming.

Fonterra plans to open a new mine to continue supplying coal to its existing operations in the Waikato, even though wood waste is a viable alternative.

Fonterra and other companies have sat on their hands for twenty years and the need for action is now extremely urgent.

Join us to deliver the message: Fonterra must commit to wood waste now!


Let’s Talk Divestment

8 Oct


The movement to remove investments from fossil fuel companies is taking off worldwide, and has kicked off in New Zealand with five Anglican dioceses  committed to remove their money from climate change. Join us for an evening with expert speakers as we discuss some of the big questions around this growing movement.

What is divestment? What will it contribute to the movement for a heathy climate and sustainable future? What are the alternatives and how can we demand divestment of institutions?

Rodger Spiller- Responsible Investment Association
Jeanette Fitzsimmons- Former co-leader of the Green Party and Coal Action Network organiser
Ashlee Gross- 350 National Coordinator

Lecture Theatre 401, Building 401, 20 Symonds st, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland

Mangatangi Mine hearings kick off on Monday

22 Aug

Resource consent hearings into a proposed new open-cast coal mine kick off on Monday morning at:

Mangatangi Marae
199 Mangatangi Road, Mangatangi
Monday 26 August
Pōwhiri at 8:30 a.m.

The Waikato Councils had intended the pōwhiri to be for the Commissioners only, but the Marae Chairman has since extended the welcome to all parties to the hearings.

If you are concerned to see a new coal mine being opened in the face of opposition from the local community and to the detriment of the climate, that means you!

Click for location on Google Maps

Climate change still cannot be directly considered under the current resource consent regime in New Zealand. This is rather ironic considering that coal is the worst contributor to climate change and that climate change is the most serious environmental issue facing humanity.

We therefore expect the Climate Elephant (in the room) to make an appearance during the hearings.

The Climate Elephant goes where climate change is being ignored

The Climate Elephant goes where climate change is being ignored

Can I attend the hearings?

Yes, resource consent hearings are open to the public.

How can I get there?

Follow the GoogleMap directions to Mangatangi Marae, 199 Mangatangi Road, Mangatangi.

Mangatangi is approximately a 45-minute drive from central Auckland. To carpool from Auckland, please contact

When is the best time to go?

Come along to the pōwhiri on Monday 26th August at 8:30 a.m. at Mangatangi Marae (above).

To hear Fonterra’s submissions on why they should be allowed to open a new open-cast coal mine, you can attend the first week of the hearings 26-30 August.

To hear opposing submissions come along on the second week of submissions, starting Monday 2 September.

Who will be making oral submissions in opposition to the mine?

We understand the following groups and individuals will be making oral submissions:

Coal Free Mangatawhiri and other concerned locals

Coal Action Network Aotearoa

Auckland Coal Action

Ora Taiao: The New Zealand Climate & Health Council

Jeanette Fitzsimons

Catherine Delahunty, Green Party MP

Watch this space for a more detailed schedule of submitters as the information becomes available.

Climate Double Feature

16 May

Documentary film screening

Tuesday 28 May

7:00 pm

Thin Ice: Inside the Story of Climate Science

Thin Ice

8:30 pm

Do The Math: a fast-paced inspiring film about the rising movement to solve the climate crisis

Do the Math


Room OGGB4, lowest level of the Owen Glen building, University of Auckland

Free entry!

Koha appreciated.


Can you help us promote the screening?

Join the Facebook event page and invite your friends:

Download the poster and put it up at your work, local library
or community centre:

Download film poster

About Thin Ice

Running time 73 mins

Watch the Trailer:

In recent years climate science has come under increasing attack, so geologist Simon Lamb took his camera to find out what is really going on from his climate science colleagues. Simon followed scientists at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the USA. They talk about their work, and their hopes and fears, with a rare candour and directness. This creates an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate.

About Do the Math

Running time 42 mins

Watch the Trailer:

The Do The Math documentary is a 42-minute film about the rising movement in the United States to change the terrifying maths of the climate crisis and challenge the fossil fuel industry. While it is set in the United States, the maths the film outlines apply globally – making it important for all of us to watch. Featuring Bill McKibben of

Event hosted by Auckland Coal Action