A large group gathers for Hands Across The Sand, 18th May 2013, Wellington

Hands Across the Sand Wellington, May 18th, 2013

Wellingtonians have joined forces with groups in 50 countries to protest against off-shore oil drilling.

About 50 people joined hands at Oriental Bay beach in Wellington yesterday as a symbol of their protest against United States oil giant Anadarko, which plans to explore for oil in Pegasus Basin, off Wellington’s south coast, later this year.

Green MP Gareth Hughes and Greater Wellington regional councillor Paul Bruce were among those in the human chain.

Their Oriental Bay protest was one of many that took place across the world in unison yesterday as part of the global ”Hands Across The Sand” day of action against offshore drilling and fossil fuels.

Wellington event organiser and Greenpeace member Miria Hudson said it was one of a large number of protests that will be directed at Anadarko.

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