Greenpeace wants your money…tax free

Greenpeace, the begging and vandalism arm of the Green Party, have just won back the right to apply for registration as a charity in New Zealand, with all the tax benefits that that implies.

A ruling from the Court of Appeal overturns an earlier High Court decision, and kindly lowers the bar for them.

“The environmental lobby group had applied to be a charity in 2008, but the Charities Commission rejected its application on the grounds that two of its objectives were political, and not charitable.

The commission had also said that Greenpeace might be involved in illegal activities, like trespassing, which could not be charitable.

After an appeal to the High Court, Justice Paul Heath agreed that Greenpeace should not be registered but made no ruling on any illegal actions. Greenpeace then took the case to the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal today ruled that the object of promoting peace through nuclear disarmament and the elimination of weapons of mass destruction was a charitable purpose.

The court concluded that the public benefit of nuclear disarmament and the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction is now sufficiently well-accepted in New Zealand society that the promotion of peace through these means should be recognised in its own right as a charitable purpose.

Greenpeace executive director Bunny McDiarmid said the group was delighted the Court of Appeal recognised that promoting peace and nuclear disarmament was for the public benefit.”

And they are recruiting more of those smarmy types who bail you up and demand money outside supermarkets, or pester you over the phone.  Don’t think these are eager activists either, they are paid staff, on a commission based on how much money they can squeeze out of you.

Here’s the current recruitment advertisement, note what is stated as the most important duty:

“Our Outreach Campaigners are out and about talking to average Kiwis all over NZ. We go where the people are, either in shopping areas or door to door, to tell the stories of our campaign work, to show people how they can make a difference and most importantly to sign-up new long term supporters via a monthly direct debit.

Our street team work from 9am till 5pm and our door team work from 1.30pm till 8.30pm.

We need people in:

Auckland, New Plymouth, Hamilton, Wellington, Tauranga, Christchurch, Napier/Hastings, Dunedin.”

Be warned.  And don’t be fooled into thinking that the hard-earned money that the paid touts get from you will go to NZ environmental causes like eradicating possums or protecting kiwis:

“Greenpeace New Zealand, the local arm of the environmental lobby group, posted a 69 per cent drop in full-year profit after it made a bigger payout to its global parentand reaped less from donations.

Profit fell to $549,009 in calendar 2011, from $1.78 million a year earlier, according to Greenpeace’s financial statements. Sales slipped about 8 per cent to $8.3 million.

The Auckland-based lobby group increased its contribution to Greenpeace International by about $450,000 to $1.9 million in 2011. “

Of course if you prove yourself adept at strong-arming shoppers, you could be promoted to a better job, such as breaking into wharves and interfering with shipping.

“It’s very common for people to move on to more senior roles in our teams or other roles within Greenpeace.”


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  • LesleyNZ

    And the outreach campaigners get paid. They stand in the Auckland University campus recruiting. They stand in the streets recruiting – they knock on your door – recruiting. Cultish behaviour. Greenpeace is not a charity – Greenpeace is a business.

    • Sooty

      And what are their visas?

  • Mohawk Genocide

    Greenpeace has been well and truly played by the global warming fraternity.

    • Travis Poulson

      You can’t call it global warming anymore, because holes have been picked in that bullshit myth. You have to call it ‘climate change’, so that the lie is more diverse and can be applied more liberally to any weather event.

      • Mohawk Genocide

        Climate is so changeable these days that some scientists are saying that we could see a little ice age start in 2014.

      • yeah, as they get proven wrong they change their story. “Its the ozone layer”….”its a green house effect”…..”its the rising sea level”…..”its global warming”…..”its climate change” they will already have the story written out for the next time they are dis-proven socialists rely on people having short memories….. and plenty of people in new zealand do.

  • toby_toby

    If the only thing they did was to promote peace through nuclear disarmament, then perhaps that could be a sensible argument for charitable status. But it’s not all they do. They have a back catalogue of political activism and should not have charity status. Judge must be a pinko.

    • Vlad

      You would have to be truly delusional to think that Greenpeace was not a political organisation. Almost all of their campaigns and beliefs are oriented to a luddite left view of the world, and are at the core of world-wide political debate.

  • Phar Lap

    Seems the judges pay should be docked and all benefits to the “green” mafia.Wonder what Peter Dunne the Revenue Minister will think of that crazy judgement.Then of course when was the last time a judge in NZ made a common sense ruling.

    • LesleyNZ

      Trying to think…………………………………………….when.

    • LesleyNZ

      Wasn’t there a commonsense judge from the Hawkes Bay area?

  • Alimonkey

    I didnt see anything about commission being paid… as far as I know Greenpeace is a decent employer and pays an hourly rate. I dont see them as any different to other charities in that they are a not for profit organisation. It would be pretty hard to say anything wasnt political these days… poverty and in particular child poverty seem to be big political issues so should charities working to alleviate child poverty lose their status?

    • Vlad

      Well check this out from Greenpeace you lazy troll:

      • Vlad

        When you reach travel targets, you can even earn a daily allowance to on top of your salary which is $17.50, as well as the ability to bonus based on your success of signing up new supporters to this incredibly amazing organisation.

        • Vlad

          A direct quote from their website

    • get real. you sound like a deluded brainwashed ignorant naive sook.

  • Greenpiece are an arm of the united nations. They are a puppet charged with gaining support of the masses through tugging at the heart strings. they care more about global communism than they do about seals whales or snails….let alone people. they are like unions. they wish to claim that every one is rich and then tax them with compulsory membership. they are the scourge of the earth.

    and the irony is that their slogan is to support THEM so that our children have a better future.

    its socialism that i fear of more than ANYTHING for my children.

  • cows4me

    I argued to some Greenpeace members that nuclear armament was why they were in the mall hawking for donations. Alas my argument did not compute. Seems history isn’t big in higher learning these days, not that I ever made it to higher learning but the young these days are as dumb as strainer posts.

  • stanman

    charity my arse-get your money from the fuckin green party printing machine

    excuse for theft,break and enter,vandalism, and the list goes on