The protest banner three climbers unfurled on behalf of
Greenpeace and Oil Free Otago on Dunedin’s Railway Station
yesterday morning. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.

Three anti-oil protesters who scaled the Dunedin Railway
Station yesterday morning and unfurled a banner were later
given a pre-charge warning by police.

From about 8am-9am, cruise ship passengers and commuters were
greeted by a banner – ”Time for clean energy” – hanging
from the station’s clocktower, about 12m up.

Four police cars and six officers were at the railway station
at one point.

After the climbers descended unaided about 9.30am, the two
women and one man were taken to the central police station.

Senior Sergeant Brian Benn said the trio were given a
pre-charge warning for being unlawfully on a building, and
released.

While critical of their actions, Snr Sgt Benn said their only
intent had been ”looking for a moment of media”.

Oil Free Otago spokeswoman Rosemary Penwarden said the ”very
experienced” climbers represented Greenpeace and were
members of three oil-free groups, from Christchurch, Auckland
and Nelson.

”It’s a farewell to [oil and gas explorer] Anadarko.

“It [the banner] is below the clock to give a timely message
to the Government, that now the [exploration drilling ship]
Noble Bob Douglas has left New Zealand, we all have to unite
and stop deep sea drilling.”

The ship has spent a month drilling about 60km north of
Dunedin and will leave soon for the Gulf of Mexico.

Drilling results are not expected for a year.

 

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