Your days of burning coal are numbered few

14 Jun

A tongue-in-cheek poem inspired by yesterday’s action.

The plucky band of offbeats stand before
the wondrous fair that farmers are drawn to,
to tell Fonterra – ever seeking more,
their days of burning coal are numbered few.
Not shamed enough by countless herds of cows
which munch grass, ruminate, and belch methane;
the bosses tally dollars, and welsh on vows
to ease the burden of our climate’s pain.
In step the plucky offbeats bearing fliers,
to tell the masses ’bout Fonterra true,
to play the role of yesteryears’ town criers,
since mainstream media stories give no clue.
Or maybe really play the role of jester,
instead of letting unkept promise fester

Exciting announcement from Fonterra at Field Days

13 Jun

Happening now: Visitors to the Mystery Creek Fielddays are being greeted today with 2,000 fliers announcing Fonterra’s plan to convert all its coal fired boilers to run on “fuel for the future” – wood chip. The material is waste from forestry operations and there are huge quantities in NZ forests which can be harvested, dried and chipped creating hundreds of jobs. Each flier is attached to a small bag of wood chip.

If New Zealand is to do its fair share on climate Fonterra must stop burning coal, the biggest contributor to climate change. Auckland Coal Action has been trying to have a conversation with Fonterra about cleaning up its boilers but so far they are not listening. We hope Fielddays visitors will have that conversation too, at the Fonterra tent.

Watch this site for developments during the day!

Fonterra fuel for the future

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 Anniversary Day protest

6 Feb


Once again, Auckland Coal Action were back at Mangatawhiri on the last day of the long weekend, to protest Fonterra’s use of coal at its Waikato milk plants. As usual, traffic was slow so thousands of motorists had plenty of time to read and think about our several signs.

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:

Auckland Anniversary Monday protest 3pm against reopening of coal mine at Mangatawhiri

24 Jan

Fonterra has indefinitely deferred opening of it’s new coal mine at Mangatawhiri, however we believe it plans to purchase coal from Solid Energy’s nearby Kopako coal mine, currently closed but soon to reopen thanks to Fonterra.

Auckland Coal Action says Fonterra should start switching their boilers to renewable, environmentally-friendly biomass sources such as wood waste.

This Auckland Anniversary Monday we will be back at  Mangatawhiri (only 45 minutes from the CBD) to make thousands of motorists returning to Auckland aware of the mine and increase pressure on Fonterra to keep it closed and clean up their act.


Auckland Anniversary Monday 26 January, starting at 3pm

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

Auckland Coal Action is calling for the public to join us 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 after 2pm for roadside protest at the corner of Homestead Road (motorway overbridge) and Bell Road.

Coming from Auckland you will need to take the Mangatawhiri exit from State Highway 2 onto Mangatawhiri Road (incorrectly shown as Mangatangi Rd on Google Maps).

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


What should I bring?

Sunblock, something to drink, rain gear and warm clothes. Check this website for updates.

We have heaps of large banners for you to hold up.

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 Pat 021 066-9009 or Geoff (09)5289450 for carpooling / transport options.

Photos from Sunday’s “Heads in the Sand” Protest with

8 Dec

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Photos from Labour Weekend

16 Nov

Labour 2014 three banners - small


Mine Deferred - Small

Merchandise for Sale

22 Oct

Coal Free Pledge A4 certificates 90 cents each plus $2.40 postage


T-shirts $15 each plus $2.40 postage:

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Coal Free NZ stickers 70 cents plus 80 cents postage:


To order, contact Geoff on (027)3847927 or (09)5289450