[2 July/The Country]

Greenpeace protesters who stopped work at the site of a proposed dairy farm extension in South Canterbury were arrested by police. Around 45 protestors locked themselves to diggers and other machinery which disrupted construction of an irrigation pipeline for the new dairy farm. Twelve protestors were arrested and taken to the Timaru Police Station. Greenpeace Sustainable Agriculture Campaigner, Genevieve Toop, said their message was clear, that industrial dairy expansion had to stop. She added that twelve New Zealanders took the stand on behalf of all who wanted to save New Zealand’s rivers, land, and climate from industrial dairy expansion. The proposed new dairy farm had almost all the consents and permissions it needed to go ahead. The Government was rewriting the regulations around freshwater and agricultural pollution due to be released later this year. Nearly 30,000 people had signed the new Greenpeace petition.