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Banners on the Beach for Oil Free Seas – South Island

Banners on the Beach

Anadarko’s drill-ship, the Noble Bob Douglas, will be moving down to our southern shores in pursuit of risky deep sea oil in the coming weeks.

This is something that affects us all – standing up for our oceans and coastlines has never been more important than it is at this time in history – because there is no future in oil. NZ can – and must – build a future based on a smart, clean economy but allowing deep sea oil to go ahead puts that all at risk.

Join us on an east coast beach of the South Island at midday on Saturday the 15th Feb. to help stop deep sea oil.

Together we will draw a line in the sands of the south to say “STOP DEEP SEA OIL” so loudly they’ll hear it in Texas.

So make yourself a banner and get out to your favourite South Island East Coast beach at midday on the 15th.

Last November over 5,000 people turned out on west coast beaches of the North Island to take a stand against Anadarko drilling off the coast of Raglan. You can see some pictures from the inspiring events here:

This mass demonstration on the North Island generated huge media coverage and sent a clear message to Anadarko, the government and the world. Now it’s time for the South Island to be heard!

Join the Banners on the Beach


Confirmed Locations

Akaroa Main Beach. Full details here

Amberley Meeting at Amberley Beach

Ashburton Meeting out front of the courthouse. Full details here

Blenheim Meet at Rarangi Beach at 12pm

Bluff Marine Parade (the beach nearly opposite Henderson Street & diary, at the sealion barrier) with Oil Free Southland. Full details here

Christchurch New Brighton Pier. Full details here

Dunedin St Clair Beach. Full details here

and if you want to get there on bike…

Golden Bay Meet on Pohara Beach across from the Pohara Hall. Full details here

Kaikoura Whale Watch beach. Bring banners expressing your opposition to Oil Exploration and Drilling. The bigger the better! Bring a picnic too and if you have a boat, canoe, surfboard, whatever you can float on, bring that too!

Moeraki Meet at the DOC Moeraki Boulders Reserve car park at 12.00 and we will walk along the beach for a photograph at the Boulders. Bring face paint, sandcastle-building gear for kids and a picnic lunch with your family and friends if you wish.

Motueka Janie Seddon ship wreck.  Bring lunch, have a picnic and enjoy the waterfront. Banner/sign making session starts at 9:30am on Saturday, in front of the Museum on High St. in Motueka. Full details here

Nelson At Tahunanui Beach. Bring a picnic (and your banner). There will be a human chain of solidarity, some “oily people”, and the opportunity to strategize and skill-share on the campaign!

Oamaru At Friendly Bay. Live music and screen-printing, so bring along your t-shirt

Rakaia At Rakaia huts – meet with your banners at the car park.

Timaru Caroline Bay Beach – meet at the Beach Lookout. Live music starts at 12 at the Caroline Bay Lookout. Full details here

Waitati Festival Bland Park, Almond Street, Waitati. Come join us with your banner, get a sticker for your postbox, ask questions, or just listen to some excellent music! Full details here

Waimate 12pm - Hook Beach


Many more to come!

Nothing arranged for your beach yet?

No worries! Simply show up with a banner and your friends and whanau, get a photo, and tag it with#oilfreeseas on twitter or instagram and/or email your photo through to

Love your beach oil free?If you have the skills and contacts to get more people to your beach, then GO FOR IT and ORGANISE YOUR OWN BEACH EVENT!

It could be sausage-sizzle fundraiser with your surf-club or community group, spelling out “Stop Deep Sea Oil” with seaweed, or getting out there on your board  or boat  with your banner.

Don’t forget to promote your beach event by registering it on

If you want to bounce some ideas off us or need some promotional posters, then email with your name and number and we’ll be in touch. 

Take it to the next level

Got a group of gutsy mates?  Get oily with your banners – like these guys!

Download the fake oil recipe here



Are you a surfer, paddle boarder, boatie, kayaker?

Get out there at Midday – Get your banner and get someone to photograph you. Remember to tag it with #oilfreeseas on twitter, instagram or facebook – and email it to

Thank-you for standing up for our oceans and coastlines.  It has never been more important than it is at this time in history – because there is no future in oil. NZ can – and must – build a future based on a smart clean economy but allowing deep sea oil to go ahead puts that all at risk.

If you’ve got any questions, then don’t hesitate to drop us a line at   and don’t forget to include your name and number so that we can get back to you as quickly as possible.