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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

Join roadside rally against coal

31 Mar

Looking for something fun, worthwhile, altruistic, artistically creative, and political, to do on the last day of your Easter Holiday? Undecided what to do? Sad at the damage climate change is doing to our world?

Why not join the fight against the number 1 preventable cause of global greenhouse gas emissions, coal?

This holiday Monday, 1 April, starting at 2pm

Meet for a roadside rally against Fonterra’s proposed new coal mine.

Auckland Coal Action and Coal Free Mangatawhiri are calling for the public to rally to protest Fonterra’s proposed new coal mine.

On the Auckland-bound side of State Highway 2 next to the site of the proposed new coal mine on the Mangatawhiri straight.

Meet before 2pm at 398 Mangatawhiri Road (between Jeff and Bell Road).

Meet after 2pm for roadside protest at the corner of Homestead Road (motorway overbridge) and Bell Road.

Meeting points

Coming from Auckland you will need to take the Mangatawhiri exit from State Highway 2 onto Mangatawhiri Road.

Coming from East, you will need to take the Golf Road exit.

Click here for a map of the area:

Need a ride?
Contact us about carpooling.

What should I bring?

Bring your own banners and signs stating your opposition to climate change, and coal mining. Cold drinks, sunhats, and sunscreen are also advised.

Some suggested messages:

  • No New Coal Mines
  • Coal Cooks the Climate
  • Back Off Fonterra
  • Use Wood Waste Fonterra
  • Coal Causes Drought
  • Coal = Climate Chaos = Drought
  • Coal Dried Milk = Climate Dried Paddocks
  • Coal Free Mangatawhiri

Or, invent your very own personal climate change message to present to the public and Fonterra.

What will I do?
There will be lots of returning holiday crowds for you to interact with, Bored out of their minds sitting in the traffic and interested by anything you do, to bring attention to the danger of coal to the environment.

Can anyone come?
Yes. If you are returning from your holiday why not stop and join the rally? You will only be stuck in traffic anyway!

Support the campaign against new coal mines!
Contact Geoff 09 528 9450, 027 384 7927 or Pat 09 296 8538, 027 705 9741