CLIMATE LITIGATION: ONSHORE OIL IN TARANAKI
We are currently working on a project regarding the recent oil permits granted to explore and extract oil from onshore Taranaki. Our team has been tasked with researching the effect of these permits on the environment, the people living in the region, and potential adverse effects to the global climate system. This entails extensive research into "minimum impact" science, the nature of oil permits in Aotearoa and overseas, the consultation process with people living in the area, and Aotearoa's international commitments to fighting climate change.
We have just launched a judicial review case in the Wellington High Court challenging the relevant minister's decision to grant the permits.
SUBMISSIONS TO INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT AND INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
We are working to make submissions to international courts regarding climate change and the current and future effects it has on specific communities. This requires extensive research in the realm of international human rights laws and ever evolving climate change regulations, and the crossover between the two. We're hoping to make submissions at the Hague in the Netherlands later this year.
MOUNT CRAWFORD/SHELLY BAY RESEARCH TEAM
We are currently researching and hopefully speaking on a number of projects regarding relief funding associated with climate change. In particular, the Iwi’s legal case to prevent the selling of further land in the infamous Shelly Bay area. They have also worked with esteemed Legal Response International to do work on this year's UNFCCC COP26’s issue - Loss and Damage (i.e funding for states disproportionately affected by climate change). Our members are hoping to attend COP26 in Glasgow this year.