Journalist and talk show host Vinny Eastwood drops into Spearhead 2.0 for a chat with protesters.
Eastwood is the founder of The Vinny Eastwood Show, the trail-blazing independent media platform he has operated since 2008 to:
‘…[set] out to give real issues, real politicians, real celebrities and researchers, the coverage they deserve. With a different point of view that the mainstream media will either ignore or cut into soundbites that never reflect the reality with real information.’
Eastwood spoke with Kiwi & Sue at Spearhead 2.0 (the name of the protest site). Spearhead 2.0 is located on land adjacent to the entrance of the Marsden Point Refinery. Kiwi tells Eastwood that they have now surpassed the 150 day mark for the protest.
Kiwi explains how the protest works. Each day protesters gather at the roundabout on State Highway 1 where the turnoff for the refinery road begins, and they hold signs and placards. We ‘wave and basically let everyone passing by know what we’re doing…probably about 80% of the people passing by are in support of what we’re doing, some of them are really excited, especially after they’ve just paid a massive amount of money for fuel.’
‘We’ve had a really good response from all the locals up here, and we’ve got to thank them a lot for all their support as well,’ said Kiwi.
Eastwood then explains the reason for the protest:
‘This is New Zealand’s one and only refinery, and the ability to refine fuel in New Zealand from imported oil, this is the place where we can do it, and this is what would be making us some cheaper fuel. But unfortunately they’ve decided in all their infinite wisdom to shut it down, sell off all the equipment for scrap, and make New Zealanders completely dependent, and with a huge quantity of fuel to pay for. Doesn’t sound right does it?’
Kiwi agreed, saying:
‘The New Zealand taxpayer has injected $1.8 billion into this refinery in the 80s. It was taxpayer dollars which put a lot of upgrades into it. Also, some of the latest upgrades we’ve had for the continuous catalytic reformer [converts crude oil into high-octane fuel], only paid for itself in 2020, and then they decided to shut it down, when the plant could’ve really made some good money based on the price of a barrel of oil and the demand for refined products – because all around the world there was a whole bunch of refineries which shut down at the same time under the ‘Going Green’ carbon scam.’
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