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Using origami to help save the whales

Jan 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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ORIGAMI WHALES: Gareth Hughes launches his campaign.

A MAJOR push to save the whales is coming from the Green Party.

Green MP Gareth Hughes was in Cuba St this week kicking off a campaign to stop whaling in the Southern Ocean.

Passersby signed a letter to Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and the Wellington City Council, before folding it into an origami whale (right) to support the cause.

Mr Hughes hopes these letters will reach Sakai City in Osaka, Japan.

“We have a close relationship with our sister city and we are asking them in a polite and respectful way to help save the whales.” 

While there are about 9000 pieces of whale meat frozen in storage in Japan, some younger Japanese choose not to eat it, he says.

“The future is we will see the end of whaling.” 

Lambton ward councillor Iona Pannett, who was also at the campaign event, accepted the signed letters on behalf of council.

They will campaign in Christchurch on Thursday, Gisborne on Friday and Nelson, Dunedin and Tauranga next week.

Campaigners hope to get 200 letters signed for each city.

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