The Mainland doesn’t want the Green Taliban

The Rainbow Warrior’s begging and job-destroying tour of New Zealand has hit a little snag as they head south.

Their past misbehaviour has come back to bite them in the backside as they try to get into Lyttelton:

“The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior III has cancelled its visit to Southland amid difficulties over negotiations to use the Lyttelton dry-dock for maintenance.

Greenpeace cancelled the ship’s visit to Stewart Island and Bluff, scheduled for next week, because of maintenance it needs before visiting the Sub-Antarctic Islands.

The group has said the preferred port for the work would be Lyttelton, but it has not been confirmed the ship can use the dry dock there.

The Southland Times understands negotiations over using the dry dock have been complicated by Greenpeace’s blockade of the port in March 2008. Activists on board the Rainbow Warrior II – the predecessor to the current boat – prevented the ship Hellenic Sea, carrying 60,000 tonnes of coal, from leaving port on March 25, 2008. 

The Port of Lyttelton confirmed it was in talks with Greenpeace over using the port, but would not comment further.

Greenpeace campaign director Carmen Gravatt said it had not been told the Rainbow Warrior could not visit.

“We’re hoping to be in Lyttelton in the next few days, and are talking to the port about the details right now. The last time we heard from them, they certainly didn’t say we can’t come in.””

Good on the Mainlanders, readers will remember my earlier post when an Invercargill civic leader let them know that they wouldn’t be welcome in the deep South.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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