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Oil ship has fled: waka protesters

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/04/2017

The world's largest seismic survey ship, the Amazon Warrior, has "cut and run", those aboard a confronting ocean-going waka off the Hawke's Bay coast say.

The Ngati Kahungunu-owned waka, Te Matau a Maui, reached the site where the Amazon Warrior was on Sunday night, but waka spokesman, Raihania Tipoki, say "the beast" has fled.

"We arrived at the beast's den, but the beast had fled. We're heading south in pursuit of the beast! The beast has diverted off its mapping course and is bearing away, or as we say, cut and run," he posted on Facebook.

Aboard the waka are whanau from Te Ikaroa-Rawhiti, who set sail from Napier "to protect" against the oil-seeking ship. They were hoping to reach it on Monday night.

It is expected Greenpeace's newest vessel, the 15-metre Taitu, will also join the protest at sea against the 125m Amazon Warrior.

The Te Matau a Maui Voyaging Trust's Givealittle page has raised almost $6000 to help the protest, shy of its $8000 target.

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