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To: Terje Søviknes, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
Withdraw Statoil from our waters without delay
We demand that you do all in your powers as major shareholders in Statoil to withdraw Statoil from our waters.
Hon. Judith Collins, Minister of Energy and Resources, Parliament of New Zealand
Hon. Te Ururoa Flavell, Minister of Māori Development, Parliament of New Zealand
Hon. Steven Joyce, Minister of Business, Innovation and Employment, Parliament of New Zealand
Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian Minister for Climate Change and Environment
Vibe ke Larson, President, Sámi Parliament of Norway
Elder Sætre, President and Chief Executive Officer, Statoil
Oystein Loseth, Chairman of the Board, Statoil
Roy Franklin, Chair of Ethics Committee, Statoil
John S. Watson, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board, Chevron Corporation.
We, the indigenous communities of the eastern seaboard of Aotearoa listed below, are writing to express our extreme concern at the exploratory activities being carried out by Statoil and Chevron in our ocean territories. We urge you to do all in your power to call upon Statoil to cease their activities and withdraw from our waters immediately.
We are ocean peoples, we rely upon our coastal waters for spiritual, cultural, emotional and physical sustenance. We have genealogical ties to the ocean that surrounds us. The wellbeing of our waters, and our wellbeing, is inextricably connected.
Our waters hold rich marine populations and delicately balanced ecosystems. Our ancestral genealogies link us to the abundance of fish, shellfish, and marine mammal populations that live within, and migrate across, our regions. The seismic testing that is being carried out between now and May of 2017 will disturb, injure and kill marine life. They will also harm our valuable commercial fisheries, disrupt our coastal economies, and interrupt our vital food systems.
Furthermore, we uphold the aspirations of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims for an immediate hold to the increase of global temperatures. As coastal people, our communities are vulnerable to rising sea levels, and we take our climate change responsibilities seriously, not only to our own communities but also those of our relations across the Pacific Ocean who are facing imminent inundation.
We acknowledge the irrefutable weight of the science which states that climate stability and justice can only be achieved through an immediate halt to fossil fuel extraction, and join our voices to the global chorus heard at Standing Rock, Dakota, which decries the injustice visited upon indigenous peoples at the hands of oil companies.
For all the reasons stated above we maintain our profound objection to the exploratory activities in our waters. This was firmly expressed to our own government as a part of the annual exploration permit tender process in 2015 and remains the case now. Just as we have successfully resisted Petrobras and Tag Oil, so too will we maintain resistance to any threat posed to the resources that belong to our future generations – including that of Statoil and Chevron.
We, the indigenous communities listed below, from the East Cape of the North Island to the top of the South Island, and those who support our petition, call upon you to immediately do all in your powers to halt this assault upon our tribal oceanic territories and peoples.
Why is this important?
This letter has been endorsed by Iwi and hapu of the eastern seaboard of Aotearoa. It is our ancestral waters that are under threat... We invite all New Zealanders, and indeed everyone anywhere who cares about the future of the planet, to sign on with us.
Nā mātou, Ngā Hapū o Te Tairāwhiti tae atu ki Te Tauihu o te Waka
Te Whanau a Tapuaeururangi
Te Whanau a Kahu
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou
Te Whanau a Te Aotaki
Te Whanau a Te Aopare
Te Whanau a Hunaara
Te Whanau a Te Aotaihi
Te Whanau a Hinerupe
Te Whanau a Hinerupe ki Waiapu
Te Whanau a Rakaimataura
Te Whanau a Tapuhi
Te Whanau a Karuwai
Te Whanau a Takimoana
Te Whanau a Hunaara ki te tonga
Te Whanau a Rerewa
Te Whanau a Uruhonea
Te Whanau a Pokai
Te Whanau a Hineauta
Te Whanau a Umuariki
Ruataupare Ki Tuparoa
Te Whanau a Hinetapora
Te Aitanga a Mate
Te Whanau a Hinekehu
Takutai Kaitiaki Trust
Te Whanau a Iritekura
Te Whanau a Ruataupare ki Tokomaru
Ngati Hau ki Anaura
Nga Ariki Kaiputahi
Te Aitanga a Mahaki
Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust
Ngati Rangiwaho, Rangiwaho Marae - Te Kopua mai Paritu
Ngai Te Ipu ki Whakaki
Ngai Tu ki Rakato/Mahia
Hikairo ki Whareongaonga
Ngati Te Korou
Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc.
Ngati Hinepare (ki Kahungunu)
Te Runanganui o Heretaunga
Ngati Kahungunu ki Poneke
Rangitane o Kaituna
Motu Wairaka Marae
Ngāi Tūmapūhia-a-Rangi ki Te Wairarapa
Ngati Mamoe (Ki Wairarapa)
Nga Ruahuihui o Tamaki Nui A Rua
Te Iwi o Tamaki Nui A Rua
Ngai Te Ao
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