Greenpeace takes on Miller, Rangi and Albert

Executive director Bunny McDiarmid must have been boiling with excitement last week with news that Greenpeace would once more be allowed to apply for charitable status.

Greenpeace had been all bitter and twisted that the Charities Commission and High Court deemed them political activists and as a result, they lost their charitable status.

Makes you wonder if their profit targets will be met once their legal fees are tallied up and accounted for. Especially on the back of a terrible last year when they posted a record 69% drop in full year profit.

But greedy Greenpeace want their mythical 60,000 supporters’ money to be tax-free. Maybe that’s to help pay a hippy $70,000/pa for a “fundraising role”, as well as allowing them to funnel cash offshore to the parent company to follow the $1.9 million they sent over in 2011.

The case they will make to Roger Miller, Caren Rangi and Kirikaiahi Albert at the Charities Board must involve actor Christopher Lloyd and a DeLorean, going by Bunny’s remark that “the group was delighted the Court of Appeal recognised that promoting peace and nuclear disarmament was for the public benefit.”

How very 80s. Despite bumbling Don Brash being the only one to openly question the nuke-free policy in the last 25 years, most New Zealanders are fairly on board with being nuclear free. Maybe Miller, Rangi and Albert will be convinced at Greenpeace lightning-fast brand changes.

Maybe that’s why their anti-business messaging on their website has mysteriously vanished. Replacing it is some plug for the 2013 new Rainbow Warrior visit.

No more boycotting of Fonterra, Sealord, Cottonsoft, Shell et al . . . we’re going back to the future. Nuclear free and all that.

Greenpeace’s problem is that its own name is something between an anachronism and a wholesale contradiction of its purpose.

There’s nothing peace-promoting about a corporate organization that endlessly demands boycotts of companies and the items they put on supermarket shelves.

Those products are often made by New Zealanders and they’d like to hang on to their jobs. People tend to be quite peaceful when they have a steady income.


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