David’s final week, picnic on Sunday.

The last few weeks have been extraordinary. David Goldsmith is in the final week of his hunger strike. Robin Treadwell will be picking up in his place. There’s been media and video, and many, many conversations.

MPs Chloe Swarbrick, James Shaw, Marja Lubeck, and Jan Logie came to visit. Prof James Renwick joined us for a long talk about climate science and activism. Tim and David even joined the Alternative Aotearoa for a quick cameo.

You can catch up with E Tu 4 Future progress on their website. Lorraine recorded a bunch of discussions on the lawn, with David, Molly, Tim, and others. These will be showing up on the Imagine My Relief podcast.

This Friday:

Parliamentary Services got in touch and asked that we vacate the space around Dick Seddon for an hour while another protest action uses the space. We’re grateful to them for bending the rules to keep David comfortable thus far, and allowing us to de-colonise the statue for the last month.

So we’ll see you on the North end of the lawn (uphill side, near the church). Just look out for the flags.

This Sunday:

Picnic for Our Planet is a gathering on lawn to celebrate David’s last day without food. He’ll be around for another week, Robin will strike for a time in his place, and we’ll find a way to continue. It would be great to keep a presence there up to the election, but that will depend on who shows up to join in.

There’s so much to do!

You can drop by at parliament any time now to bring your support. If you’re from out of town, please get in touch. We’d love to join forces with you and share our mahi. We could even stream our events if we’re around at the same time.

All around us people are coming up with ideas and working on building a movement. Of course everything around us is uncertain and of course the odds seem impossible. But we are gathering, listening, learning, and sharing.

David’s presence has been a real source of inspiration to many of us. I can’t wait to share the conversations that have been recorded with him and other activists, especially the mighty Molly Meluish.

KeaForum is now up and running: this will be a shared placed for activists to work online; it also contains a syndicated feed of climate related organisations around the country.

Thanks to all the hardworking E Tu support people. I hope you can make it by to meet them.

See you on the lawn.


E Tū: First week of fasting.

The numbers are steadily growing again, back on the lawn. This is of course aided by the presence of E Tū for Future, the hunger strikers who are now well into their first week of fasting.

Supporting the E Tū strikers:

They have been fasting since Monday morning. As time goes on they will need more and more help with some of the physical bits and pieces: carrying gear, watching over and talking with the public, keeping spirits up, and recording stuff for social media.

Please think about volunteering to go on the E Tū WhatsApp group. This will enable the holder of the E Tū phone to send quick messages to you all to call out for assistance. It’s also an easy way for you to let them know when you’ll be around.

This would be a huge help. You can install WhatsApp on your phone or use it on the web. Please contact mailto:admin@etu4future.nz or reply to this email.

Getting involved when you’re out of town:

If you can’t make it to parliament but want to get involved we want to hear from you! There are loads of things we can do together to push for change:

  • you could have an event nearer to your home, on the days that suit you
  • you could attend at parliament by streaming
  • you could get an account on this site and add content, or contribute to the social media accounts
  • you could participate in international online events

Get in touch and tell us your ideas! mailto:admin@fridaysforfuture.nz

E Tū: All day, every day.

David, Tim and Peter

Once again, we have a daily presence on the lawn. Please share the word far and wide. You can follow the action on FaceBook, MeetUp, Twitter, Instagram, or the website.

Here’s the media release. Please come and join in.

(Pōneke/Wellington, NZ, July 6th, 2020) A vigil will commence on Parliament lawn Monday, July 6th at 8am and continue indefinitely, led by father of three and environmental activist David Goldsmith. A fasting strike, led by David and several others will commence the following week on Monday, July 13th and continue for the remainder of the vigil.

The vigil is a direct response to the failure of our leaders to adequately address the climate emergency, and is a call to action for all citizens and organizations of Aoteoroa who will no longer stand for government inaction or tepid promises. Everyone is invited to join the vigil in solidarity on Parliament lawn to show our leaders that the time for meaningful change is now. Participation in the fasting component is not required.

For David Goldsmith, a 52 year old father of three, the climate crisis is deeply personal. “The fire that burst within me to do this is simply that our situation is desperate… I’m particularly close to, indeed deeply in love with, my delightful 4 year old daughter Hana. When I think of her and her brothers’ (Dylan 22 and Rowan 20) future, then this gets real for me. I’m not saying that this is only about me and my children, of course it is about all of us. But mostly I’m just in my head about the horror of all this, not really feeling it: it’s just too big, too overwhelming. But when I think of Hana my love can’t be held back, my love just floods forward and then I start feeling it. And in feeling it for Hana, I’m feeling it for everyone else as well, including those starving right now, and those suffering and dying in climate wars right now; already facing what we all will be facing soon enough.”

Current solutions offered by the government fall drastically short of what is required to address this crisis. The core demand of the vigil/strike is that our leaders immediately act on solutions aligned with the scientific consensus, which calls for complete societal transformation within the next ten years to avoid the worst impacts of the climate emergency, and do so in a way that is fair and kind to all.

All are welcome to join in whenever possible. Participants are advised to dress for the weather as this is an outdoor event. Activities during the action are currently being organised and will be announced on an ongoing basis.

We recognize that Te Ātiawa/Taranaki ki Te Upoko o Te Ika has mana whenua over the location in which this action takes place, and participants hope to honour them with our commitment to restoring and preserving the land for a safe and healthy future.

Media contact:
David Goldsmith 022-623-5345 admin@etu4future.nz

This week on the lawn

I’m unable to show up this week – I have a swap test this afternoon and will be required to self isolate for 48 hours thereafter. I was about to return to the office but has some cold symptoms and felt I should play it safe.

The signs are with me – I can sanitise them and leave them out for pickup if people would find that helpful. I’m pretty sure people will be there (usually from 12:30, though some arrive earlier).

Please get in touch if you need anything, or would like to pass anything along.

ngā mihi,

Kieran Martin

Want to come on a Wednesday?

We’ve been back on the lawn for two weeks now. There’s been some talk about gathering on a Wednesday, improving the chances of getting the attention of the people inside the Beehive. I can’t do both days and feel that it makes sense to show up on a Friday, given the global nature of the Fridays For Future group.

Kate is keen to do Wednesday and will be talking with others about gathering on that day. She and I will work to ensure that the various channels (Meetup, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, the website, and email) contain the information you might need.

In reality, no one day will suit everyone and there’s nothing to stop anyone showing up whenever. The more the merrier: we may find a timeslot that works particularly well, or a may find that various groups like to gather at different times.

Whatever works for you. Just get in touch through our social media accounts, talk to myself of Kate when you run into use, or use the email account mailto:admin@fridaysforfuture.nz

And we’re back: This Friday, 12:00

It looks like we’re safe to return to the Lawn. Ollie once declared he’d eat some of the grass if the National Party leader came down to talk to him. A few days later Todd Muller did just that.

Around that time we also wondered whether the Nats were getting ready for a hard-denial approach to the problem, and at the very least Mr. Muller’s position at 32 on the list implied the party was still not treating the problem as important.

Now he’s is at the helm. It’s not clear whether this is a huge win for the environmental movement, but he does appear to be there for the discussion. His faith in unproven solutions like CCS suggests the lobbyists are managing to bend his ear.

But he’s not ignoring the issue. That has to count.

Sometimes, when I invite people to come to the lawn on a Friday and hold a sign with us they ask whether doing so is ‘productive’.

I normally reply that it depends on what else they were planning to do with the time. At this point I’d add: Maybe. Definitely, Maybe.

I talked with climate striker Sophie Handford who is speaking with activists around the country who are looking to actions on Fridays, so hopefully we’ll have more to share as the election draws closer.

In the meantime, I’ll be back at the lawn this Friday with the banners and flags, and hopefully, will see you there.

I’ve set up a Zoom meeting for Thursday evening, 27th May at 7pm. Anyone is welcome to attend, it’s just a chance to catch up and
talk about what to expect Friday.

Kieran Martin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Fridays For Future post-lockdown catchup
Time: May 28, 2020 07:00 PM Auckland, Wellington

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 753 5641 3476
Password: 3bj11F

ngā mihi,


Life in the times of pandemic

Ollie asked that we not appear on the lawn this week, given the current situation. Please pass the information on to the people you know, and stay in touch via email or social media while we plan ways to continue working online.

Imagine there was an emergency and the government mobilised to acknowledge it. Businesses contributed too. Across the country, large and small acts of unity and resolve saw it’s people remember some very old understandings. Protect the vulnerable. Practice hygiene. At scale, the smallest actions are the biggest actions. We’re in this together.

It wasn’t the emergency we had in mind. If repeating the warnings has made us weary, it’s a reminder that the world is always able to surprise us.

Over the next few weeks, we will turn to face a series of events that will challenge common wisdom. Like the crack of a creme brulee, it will reveal us. In many ways, it will become the moment we were asking for all along. Planes will stop flying. People will stop commuting. We will count people, and share stories and find courage.

In a relatively short while, much of this will pass over. It will become one in a cavalcade. Each occupies its moment, and each challenges our thoughts. In light of the changes we hope for, each gives us a chance to give hope to those around us.

So let’s adapt now. Around the world, activists are already changing their processes and finding new ways of coming to the problem. We live in a world where individuals are able to do something more powerful than protest alone. They are able to take on the problem directly.

Some of you will likely show up on the lawn, as usual, this week, while others will not. I plan to stay away. My home and workplace have been planning for a more isolated life for weeks now. Risk aside (and I think it’s already risky), I want to get on with some new ways of working.

Our counterparts around the world are moving the protest online and considering ways to come together that reduce the risk of sharing infection. As a group whose main aim is to make others recognise an emergency, we ought to do some talking about this, and we’ll need to find ways to act in smaller groups and/or online.

There are quite a few options, and more will likely appear over coming weeks as people come up with and implement new ideas. Right now there are at least six different social media platforms we could be using to come together (Twitter, FaceBook, MeetUp, Instagram, Loomio and Discourse).

There are many kinds of ways to remain active using these tools. They are used now to grow movements and create change in as many ways as you can imagine.

So please, get in touch. Email if you like ( mailto:info@fridaysforfuture.nz ) or any other means you have. Let’s get talking about how to adapt to the changes we’ve been talking about for so long.

Weekly Update: Thursday 12 March

As part of the general plan to stop using the PA on the lawn we’ve learned to become more creative with the ways we share information and help each other. I’ll start bringing a whiteboard so that people can post stuff on the day, we’ll start trying to use the web site and social media as ways to share stories and contributions from individuals who have something to share, and we’ll point you to useful resources online rather them reading them out to a group.

I’m sure there is still a place for speakers, announcements and shared noise in the future, but for now, let’s think about the hundreds of committed climate change action people nearby who still need a reason to come to the lawn.

In the interest of not sharing the virus, I’m keen to hold off on pamphlets for now and will not be at the train station on Friday morning. I am considering spending many more hours on Friday (and invite anyone to join me) just so that we can say ‘come anytime’ and people can expect a crowd at 1230.

If you want to keep up with events and activities in Wellington please got to the TUI events calender.

There is a link on the page that will include the events in your phone’s calendar, so you’ll always be in sync with what is happening.

After popular requests, a Meetup group has been created


Friday, Mar 13, 2020, 12:30 PM

Parliament House
1 Museum Street Wellington, NZ

1 Members Attending

No PA, no lectures, no preaching. Bring anything you feel like sharing. Bring a book if you just want to read. Watch us gather. Let it give you courage.

Check out this Meetup →

MeetUp is designed to help people form groups and start movements IRL (in real life!). By joining and using it you can invite others and participate in the planning and organisation as we grow to support the many people wanting to take part in climate action.

Here’s the text for the Fridays For Future event:

We can see that the current plans to reduce emissions are not enough. We know everyone needs to come together to face this problem. We know this is difficult. We know the barriers are many. But we can do this. Watch us gather. Let it give you courage.
Come to Parliament Lawn, every Friday, around midday. Bring friends, lunch, music, kids, pets, plans, questions, feelings and stories. We’ll bring ours too. See you there.

Wednesday 4 March Weekly Update

Last week some of us had some hard talks about the path we were taking.

We talked about why people come, what they need when they arrive, and what could make them stay. Since Fridays for Future began we have used a PA regularly and filled much of the time we speakers and sharing and some housekeeping.

While many of those sessions seemed to go very well, we couldn’t help but notice that some of our closest supporters were starting to leave. They used to bring picnics and instruments and children and games.

It took a while but eventually, it began to dawn that we have been looking at this the wrong way. When people come for the first time to an action such as this they need to share and connect with those around them. They need to tell their stories and ask their questions.

Having a PA was getting in the way of this. So this week, we’d like to try a change of tack. Let’s leave the equipment behind. Let’s keep the hour open for people to walk up and get into conversations, just like they did all through 2019.

It’s handy to share some housekeeping, and useful to provide people with information, but we can do that in other ways. We don’t need to interrupt anyone.

It seemed to me that we were trying to build a cathedral, every one facing one way, hearing one voice, but we needed to create a bazaar; lots of voices and many groups with plenty to do. Because surely a thousand or more people on this lawn, showing up every week, would look like that. People from all places, each resisting injustice in the way it came to them. Each saying we need to bring emissions down.

And to the people inside the building, we could say something like this:

Last year, we stood for more than 100 days,
staring at the Beehives’s high windows, wondering.

We were ignored.

Now we have a future to prepare for.

One that is more careful. One that preserves life.

We need to learn about each other.

We will do the things that make us one.

Watch us gather.

Let it give you courage.

See you Friday.

26 Feb Weekly Update

This week:

Anna Kernahan is a climate activist and founder of Belfast Fridays For Future. She has been striking alone every Friday since September 2019. Anna created a short video for us – you can check it out on our web page and we’ll play it this Friday. We’ll also take some time to record a message to send back to her.

Ollie’s been away for a couple of weeks. He’ll be back this Friday and will be our speaker. We will also play the clips sent to us from strikers in Russia and Belfast.

Last week’s speakers:

Sean Weaver

Dr Sean Weaver has been working on environmental issues for more than thirty years. His current project is to bring rural and urban communities together. His talk was compelling and many passers-by stopped to listen.

Hannah and Liam: The Rubbish Trip

Liam Prince and Hannah Blumhardt have imagined a world without waste, and they made it their business to live in it. The world we live in is not sustainable, and their project, The Rubbish Trip, is a way of showing people what a sustainable world might look like.


29th Feb: Climate Hub (Aro Fair)

We’ll be there all day amongst the madness at the Aro Fair ’20, so combine an awesome day out with a wee pop in to see us! Discover whats going on in the local climate / environmental scene, and have a look at how you could get involved- we have something for everyone; whatever time or skills you have to offer!

Rest your weary legs on our comfy couches (first room on the right in Aro Community Centre) and come have a chat with our friendly TUI community!


8th March Takutai Kāpiti: Climate Change and Our Coast

The Summit launches a significant community engagement project that aims to encourage and empower our communities to become more aware of the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise and to take part in developing solutions and pathways for adapting to coming change

This event will happen at Ngā Purapura in Ōtaki. There’ll be a free shuttle to get you to and from (Raumati, Paraparaumu, Waikanae, Te Horo and Ōtaki. Book on Eventbrite.

And Finally

Missing Banner!

Does anyone know where this banner went? It was last seen in this public meeting with Andy Foster (that’s him behind the icon). Please get in touch if you know where it is.

Signs in Busy Places

More people are holding the signs – Stuart and Jane on Thursdays, Kieran and company on Friday mornings (7-9 am) and Violet for a few hours during the day.

We have a new flier. We can print off copies for anyone wanting to distribute them or you can print them yourself. It also appears on the right sidebar of the website where you can click through to articles backing up the statements.

See you on the lawn!