It’s the end of another week – welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for March 3. I’m Stewart Sowman-Lund, reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Shanti Mathias joins protesters in central Auckland:
Protestors in the School Strike for Climate Change in Auckland gathered outside Britomart Station this afternoon to hear from speakers who advocated for worker rights, changing regulations to limit coal extraction, and preventing bottom trawling in the Hauraki Gulf. Thackeray, an activist from Banaba, spoke about the connection between phosphate mining and climate justice, while others spoke about the Protect Putiki movement.
As the protest got under way, marchers stopped outside buildings housing Air New Zealand and Fonterra, along with a BP petrol station, before heading to a planned block party at Victoria Park.
When outside Fonterra, the protesters, estimated to be at least several thousand, gathered to “boo” and sing Tutira Mai Nga Iwi.
One protester spoke about the connection between big dairy, industrial agriculture and greenhouse gas emissions, while protesters chalked messages to Fonterra on the street.