'We want a clean energy strategy' - thousands march against deep sea oil in Auckland

Thousands gathered in Auckland today to protest against deep sea oil drilling.

The event, organised on Facebook, is protesting the Advantage New Zealand Petroleum Summit in Auckland this weekend. Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges is one of many speakers attending.

A large group marched from Victoria Park to the summit at the SkyCity Convention Centre and are planning on returning tomorrow also.

"We'll make sure the oil industry and the Government hear loud and clear that New Zealanders do not want risky deep sea drilling in our waters," the event's page reads.

"We want a clean energy strategy that doesn't risk oil spills or cause climate change."

The government has granted 35 oil exploration permits since 2012, and is set to announce new areas for permits tomorrow.

Greenpeace New Zealand campaigner Steve Abel says deep sea oil exploration is a risky practice.

"They're giving away vast tracks of our territorial ocean to these foreign companies and if something goes wrong, as we saw in the Gulf of Mexico, it can go terribly wrong."

The minister declined to comment.

Thousands gathered in central Auckland with a very clear message for the Government. Source: 1 NEWS

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