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Council votes against deep sea drilling

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/11/2016

For the first time in its short history, Auckland Council has passed an amendment to oppose the government's offshore, deep sea oil drilling proposal.

Fourteen councillors, including Mayor Phil Goff, voted in favour of opposing oil prospecting, exploration and drilling in New Zealand, while only seven voted in support of it.

Greenpeace campaigner Steve Abel said the win is historic and decisive.

"This is a massive result. It means two of the biggest councils in the country have now come out in strong defiance ... If the Government does not pay attention to this it would be an insult to democracy."

Last week, Christchurch City Council also opposed it and last year Kaikoura, Dunedin and Gisborne councils also voted to oppose offshore oil activity..

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