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Hands across the sand at New Brighton

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/05/2017

© KAI SCHWOERER/Getty Images People are heading to New Brighton Beach in Christchurch to join hands in a protest against deep sea oil drilling off New Zealand's coastline.

Christchurch's hands across the sand event is being held on Saturday at 11.30am at New Brighton Pier.

Organisers say for seven years, Christchurch has participated in the international event hands across the sand, which is designed to get people around the world to stand together in unison against deep sea oil drilling.

"The Christchurch City Council and ECan have both spoken out against deep sea oil drilling off our coast, and the government has ignored it," says spokeswoman Bridget White.

"Deep sea oil drilling is a terrible idea for our economy and our environment, and particularly since we have alternative means of sourcing energy".

The protest is organised by Oil Free Otautahi.

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