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Geoff Reid – who/what is this man?

A friend who is very active in The Green Party has sent me a 23 minute video by this man entitled `Lets Take Action’ It appears to be his presentation to the Environmental Defence Society Conference sometime this year as it is dated 2021. It focuses on a range of what he considers to be environmental issues from housing and waste disposal in the greater Auckland Area to winter grazing in Southland and the problems from deforestation on the East Coast.

All of these issues and particularly the Tolaga Bay flooding caused by the failure to clean up after forestry workings and Southland Winter grazing are hardy annuals with the activists.

I had not heard of Reid before seeing this video and googling him indicates he is a well known activist with I suspect Green Party and Greenpeace links. Who can tell me more about him.

Some of the coverage in the clip suggests he is not backwards in trespassing on private property either by way of drone or other means.

My skills do not extend to including a link to his video but if one of my colleagues at No Minister would like to add a link to my post please do so.

Update – thank you Tom and for correcting me re his name.

Written by pdm1946

August 25, 2021 at 9:47 am

Posted in New Zealand

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  1. Have found the video and can modify this post if you wish?

    Tom Hunter

    August 25, 2021 at 9:29 am

    • Thanks Tom – just leave as is.


      August 25, 2021 at 9:49 am

  2. As now – with the video added.


    August 25, 2021 at 9:53 am

  3. … he is not backwards in trespassing on private property either by way of drone or other means.

    Some years ago I needled our resident Green Party member Psycho Milt about how, one day soon, a sales rep from Raytheon would be walking into the offices of Environment Waikato to sell them a drone.

    Given that we already have surveillance by helicopter the laws and regulations are already in place. It wouldn’t be a stretch to have a drone sitting up there 24/7, with people monitoring the cameras in Hamilton.

    Presumably they wouldn’t go for a Predator drone.</a href> 🙂

    Tom Hunter

    August 25, 2021 at 10:16 am

  4. I understand Ecant and Environment Southland are using drones to surveil rural properties?


    August 25, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    • Which is illegal without consent of the property owner.
      See points 11 and 12 on the NZCA Rules Top Tips on this webpage:
      The only way Ecant and ES could do this is with permission of the owners of the land they intend to surveil.


      August 25, 2021 at 5:25 pm

  5. Interesting Andrew, so in that case I wonder how they justify the current chopper flights over my farm? They’re clearly looking at various features. I assume it falls under the same laws that have enabled aircraft survey photography flights to be conducted since at least the 1940’s.

    Incidently, back in 2002 when I wanted to get a fresh copy of yellowed, stained 1944 photo, I was astounded to find that it was the same company that had been taking them all these decades. They’ve got one hell of a refrigeration unit for the film.

    Tom Hunter

    August 25, 2021 at 5:43 pm

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