|«…But the real issue last week was about bio-diesel and the world running out of fossil fuels. That was the point of the photo op, and I went there to make that point, it is the world walking the plank frankly, not Don Brash…»|
Don Brash, 7:20am on Monday 15/5/06
|«Peak oil, what a load of crap.»|
Nick Smith, 16/5/05
|(Nick you need to listen to your leader.)|
by K. Gurunathan
Kapiti Observer front page – July 18, 2005
Robert Atack, who had spent more than $4500 of his own money in the last six years to highlight the impact of an impending oil shortage saw his campaign costs go up by $1500 on Wednesday after appearing in the Levin District Court.
Found guilty of wilful damage under the Summary Offences Act 1981 the fine in reparation costs was to cover damage to a National Party billboard. He was also ordered to undergo 60 hours of community service.
The Te Horo resident’s website address, www.oilcrash.com, had been plastered everywhere from Wellington’s Victoria Tunnel to power poles in Waikanae.
«On legal advice I pleaded guilty as charged. I had plastered my website address on National Party bill boards,» said Mr Atack.
His defence? «I am only doing what National Party leader Don Brash said to all New Zealanders recently: “If you see a problem in the world and you have the ability to do something about it — then it’s your duty to take action”. That’s what he said and that’s what I have been doing,» said Mr Atack.
National was not the only target. Mr Atack had sent out about 2000 emails titled a “Call to Arms” urging supporters to use paint brushes and spray cans to plaster all National and Labour Party hoardings with his website address.
«I would hope you will not paint on private property, we don’t wish to victimise fellow New Zealanders but we do want these political parties to take this seriously,» said the email.
The non-partisan campaigner was one of an increasing number of people concerned that politicians are not alerting the public about “Peak Oil” — an economic prediction that oil reserves are drying up and production can no longer keep up with demand.
They claim the economic and cultural civilisation of the world based on cheap oil was coming to an end. The recent rise of oil prices to US$60 per barrel was just an inkling of a major shortage that could start as early as 2005 they claim.
«You take the oil factor out and everything will collapse like a pack of
cards. It’s such a frightening prospect that governments are too afraid to tell the
public,» he said.
Mr Atack who was arrested at his home said political pressure on him to stop his campaign had been increasing with the coming general elections — a pressure largely due to Mr Atack targeting the two main political parties.
In recent times the campaigner who had hitch-hiked his information campaign by plastering his web address on Kapiti Coast District Council’s water conservation campaign signs had targeted National Party’s huge roadside billboards.
«I’ve not singled out National. Its just that they had started their billboard campaign earlier than any other,» said Mr Atack who had even taken the Green Party to task over the last four years for not giving the issue its due priority.
His arrest comes on the heels of two previous warnings of legal action by the National Party. In February, Auckland-based solicitors and barristers Kiely/Thompson & Caisley, acting for National’s Otaki candidate Nathan Guy warned Mr Atack of criminal and civil action over two specific incidents.
«In the most serious public incident you have been identified as the defacer of Nathan’s mobile hoarding. You have painted words (www.oilcrash.com) which apparently represents a personal crusade of yours. Such defacing is criminal damage and a likely breach of the Electoral Act. By claiming association with Nathan’s campaign you are deceiving the public and damaging his reputation,» said their letter.
«The second incident is also very serious where you have committed a crime by impersonating Sir Roderick and Lady Anna Weir. Their generous invitation to people to meet with Nathan has been distorted and potentially defames the Weirs, misrepresents Nathan and the National Party,» it said.
Mr Atack who had an invitation in his own letterbox had copied the invitation, added his own words and distributed it. The reworded invitations said Mr Guy would explain what National plan to do about peak oil and advised people to see see his web site to familiarise themselves with the facts.
In late February Mr Atack laid his own complaint to the police following a National Party function at Waikanae’s Senior Citizen’s Club where Mr Brash was guest speaker. He told the police he was in his car outside the venue with his two little dogs and was flashing his hazard lights when Mr Nathan Guy’s campaign manager walked past him.
Mr Atack said the man told him to watch his dogs as someone would shoot them. «He then made a gun with his hand and took aim at me and pretended to shoot,» said Mr Atack. The matter was resolved by Waikanae police.
In early May Mr Atack was issued another warning advising him he had been apprehended interfering with a new billboard at Paekakariki. «We have instructions from the National Party to lay a complaint for criminal damage by you,» said its lawyers adding that he would be sued for damages.
The letter said they were prepared to withhold taking legal action if they received an “unequivocal undertaking” he would not interfere with any of their billboards or hoarding of their local candidates. All the exchanges with the lawyers have been pasted on his website.
In the last two weeks Mr Atack had also received a letter from the KCDC asking him to desist from placing further signs and warning that he could face infringement fines.
CDC’s public relations advisor Tony Cronin was unable to confirm if the action was taken because of complaints by the National Party.
A National-led government would put every dollar of fuel tax into roads, party leader Don Brash said today, Friday 1 April 2005.
So who is the April fool then? (Robert Atack)
He said that would mean an extra $2.1 billion over the next six years for roading, and at the same time legislation would be changed to make it quicker and easier to build new roads.
Good one Don, in the light of peak oil this is precisely what New Zealand needs. (RA)
«According to some energy analysts, over half the world‚s oil has already been consumed and, at current rates, 80 percent will have been consumed by the year 2020 (Laharrere, 1995; Campbell, 1996). The remaining 20 percent is in reserves that are more difficult to access. Oil reserves in the US and Europe are expected to be depleted in 15-20 years. Middle Eastern supplies will be plentiful for some decades, but at higher prices.»
Simon Upton, State of New Zealand's Environment, 1997 (National Party)
Minister for the Environment
Minister of Biosecurity
Minister of Crown Research Institutes
Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
You would have to think Simon had a clue? (RA)
23 February 2005-02-24
LEVEL 8 FORSYTH BARR HOUSE
We act for Nathan Guy in his capacity as National Party Candidate for the Otaki electorate.
We are advised of activities by you in respect of his campaign which indicate to us that you are breaching numerous laws and are liable to both criminal sanctions and action for damage.
In the most serious public incident you have been identified as the defacer of Nathan’s mobile hoarding. You have painted words (“www.oilcrash.com”) which apparently represent a personal crusade of yours. Such defacing is criminal damage and a likely breach of the Electoral Act. By claiming association with Nathan’s campaign you are deceiving the public and damaging his reputation. Such actions entitle Nathan to sue for substantial damages.
The second incident is also very serious where you have committed a crime by impersonating Sir Roderick and Lady Anna Weir. Their generous invitation to people to meet with Nathan has been distorted and potentially defames the Weirs, misrepresents Nathan and the National Party.
We require you to
Failure to undertake these requirements is likely to result in criminal and civil action against you without further notice.
Please advise by return that you will be complying with the three requirements and thereby forestall any legal action against you.
Finally, we notify you that as the function on the 5th March at the Weirs (189 Main Road North, RD Waikanae) is private, you are instructed to stay away. You are forbidden to enter the Weir’s property and any breach of this prohibition will entitle them to treat you as a trespasser
KIELY/THOMPSON/CAISLEY — AUCKLAND LEVEL 10 PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS TOWER 188 QUAY ST AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND PH 64 9 366 5111 FAX 64 9 303 0338
by Robert Atack, 02/03/2005
As requested I am writing this to apologise for my impersonation of Sir Roderick and Lady Anna Weir, I hope I did not cause you any distress.
As Geoff Thompson has threatened me with trespass if I come to the friendly get together Anna and Rod have kindly invited me to, I may not be able to ask Nathan Guy what he or National plan to do when oil goes to $70 or $100 a barrel? And how that will affect any possible tax cuts or anything else that may be up for offer come the next election? Personally I would like M. Cullen and R. Hyde to answer that question as well.
I now realise that I made a mistake in attempting to promote what oil geologists tell us is the truth about oil depletion in the way that I did. Sorry about that. Clearly people who have spent their entire lives working in the field of oil exploration and extraction have little idea about oil and we should feel secure in the knowledge that policies are based on the thoughts of people like Don Brash, who obviously has such a brilliant mind he can formulate policy without any knowledge of facts at all.
The current power structure in New Zealand is totally dependent on suppression of the truth and it is clearly necessary for politicians (and potential politicians) to ensure that the lies they promote as truth are not exposed. It is essential that the misrepresentations by politicians are not challenged, nor the general public enlightened about the reality of the impending collapse in oil supply, since that knowledge would interfere with the self-aggrandisement and acquisition of wealth that are the clearly prime objectives of the majority of politicians. I realise I should have not been so provocative in attempting to expose this rort. I will also try to rectify my delusions about living in a democracy in which freedom of speech is upheld as a core value.
Perhaps the National Party could provide me with some assistance in putting the necessary ‘spin’ on reality [that we are fast approaching the end of civilisation as we know it and that there will be massive losses (read deaths) as a direct result of politicians’ refusal to address peak oil] so that in the future I can promote the truth without causing offence.
I was outside a function on Sunday 27 February run by Nathan Guy and his campaign manager Michael Gilbert, at the Senior Citizen’s Club in Waikanae, Don Brash was the guest speaker, I was making my presents know by flashing my hazard lights in the direction of the venue. When Michael Gilbert walked past and said, (through my open van window) “you better watch ya dogs mate” then something like “ya dogs are dead” or “someone will shoot ya dogs”. He then made a gun with his hand and took aim at me and pretended to shoot. Truly the brown shirts have taken over. (Both dogs are the size of small cats).
Out of fear of these bully-boy tactics, I will be keeping well away from the Otaki chapter of the Klu Klux Klan.
If you value your children’s future enough to protest against government inaction, I advise you to keep them at home while doing so, a Don Brash or National Party sympathizer might lose the plot and start shooting.
«If you see a problem in the world and you have the ability to do something about it — then it’s your duty to take action».
— Don Brash
12 May 2005
We act for the National Party and have been advised that you were apprehended (1) on Monday of this week interfering (2) with a new billboard erected by the National Party just north of Paekakariki Railway Station.
You have been warned previously about interfering with National Party hoardings and this does not seem to have had any effect on your behaviour.
We have instructions from the National Party to lay a complaint with the police for criminal damage by you. You should be aware that the large billboard referred to is an expensive installation and any interference with it has high repair cost implications. Not only will the criminal complaint be laid, but you will be sued for damages.
We are prepared however to withhold (3) taking these steps if we can receive an unequivocal undertaking from you to not interfere with any National Party billboards, or hoardings erected by local candidates.
Would you please respond to us by return to indicate whether you will give this undertaking.
Here is the billboard I “intefered” with