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Climate Camp Aotearoa Newsletter


Climate Camp Aotearoa Newsletter


The first Climate Camp in Aotearoa is going to take place at...

Moonshine park, Upper Hutt!

So get your camping gear together and get ready for a week of goodness...

Education, sustainable living, direct action and great people

The site is perfect, close to public transport, trees for shelter and shade, visible from the motorway and within half an hour of the city.

Click here to view map

The Camp starts on Wednesday with the first whole camp meeting taking place at 4pm. Set up starts on Monday so if you are keen to build, pitch tents, cook meals, decorate and more come along anytime from Monday morning onwards.

You can come to the camp for as long or as short as you would like. Come for the day, for the night, for the weekend or for the week. We encourage everyone to come and check it out so get your camping gear together and see you at the camp!

There is no formal registration process or a registration form to fill out before the Camp. All you need to do is to read the info about what to bring and what not to bring to the Camp (you will find it in this newsletter) the only other thing you need to do is just to come to the Camp!!


How to get there:

Here are some links to help you find the best means of transport to Climate Camp.

You can use the Metlink Journey Planner which will search for bus and train links in the Wellington regions.

Here is a link to a Google Map with instructions for walking and biking from the Trentham train station and Trentham School bus stop to the Camp site. As well as some directions if you are traveling by car.


If you are catching the bus here is the Metlink timetable Bus 91 Airport Flyer is the only bus that goes all the way from Wellington to Upper Hutt. Get off at the Trentham School stop on Fergusson Drive.


If you are catching the train, here is the Tranzmetro timebable or the link to the Tranzmetro web site

Trains usually leave every 30minutes both directions.

What to bring 

  • tent, bedding and personal stuff you would usually take camping

  • snacks and personal dietary needs, donations of bulk food for camp (the kitchen will be providing 3 meals a day)

  • if you plan to cook your own food then bring your own fire safety gear too

  • loo paper (we will supply some but this is on the safe side)

  • plate, cup and cutlery (incase we can not provide enough, preferable nothing to precious!)

  • medical needs

  • money! the suggested amount for the costs of the camp (including meals) is $10-$25 a day sliding scale, with no one turned away through lack of funds

  • decorations to make the camp pretty and inviting (banners, flags etc)

  • stuff to build/create with (wood, scrap parts, material etc)

  • kids toys for the tamariki space

  • props/gear for the day of action (a suggested theme is 'climate casino' - gambling with our future)

  • note book for workshop notes

  • musical instruments

  • material you may need to run a workshop - you can organise to do one at the camp!

  • Climate Camp Kitchen will be serving three vegan, gluten free meals a day, but if you would like to bring along meat you are more than welcome, there will be an area with BBQ for you to prepare and cook it.

  • Personal toiletries - including wash cloth ( solar showers and bucket systems at the Camp)

What not to bring

  • large amounts of alcohol - a few drinks in the evening in certain areas is fine.

  • drugs

  • dogs apart from guide dogs

  • lots of rubbish you can't take away with you again

  • stuff to sell in order to make money

Please watch this space for more updates.


 Below are the workshop topics you can expect on the different days of the camp.

Thursday 17th

  • Copenhagen Update!

  • The story of the Climate Justice Movement

  • Global collapse forecast for 2030

  • Climate Change and the impacts on the people and Environment of the Pacific

  • Ten years after the ‘Battle of Seattle’

  • Operation 8 and dealing with state repression

  • Informing people - Awareness and Strategy Programmes for the Pacific

  • Sustainable Infrastructure at Climate Camp - How it all works

  • Writing for the Media

  • All Our Relations - deep time

  • Introduction to Spokescouncil process at camp

  • Power and Electricity World Conference 2010 – A future opportunity for Climate Campers

  • Dumpster diving - discussion/ skill share on

  • Climate Justice and grassroots activism

  • Community organising

  • Climate Change - Impacts on our Flora and Fauna

  • The history of direct action and environmental protest in Aotearoa

  • Skills for advocacy

Friday 18th

  • Using Research in Corporate Campaigning

  • Direct Action and Community Campaigning in the Corromandel

  • Dynamic Groups - on-to-itness

  • Climate Heros Introduction to Direct Action

  • Biofuel Imports from the 3rd world

  • Love your bicycle: Bicycle Maintenance for Beginners

  • How humans became alienated from the land and nature- Marx's Ecology and the Metabolic Rift

  • Bikeability: cycling skills for commuters and recreational cyclists

  • Introduction to Affinty Groups

  • Decentralisation and Urban Drift

  • Making the change to climate-friendly farming

  • Tangata Whenua and Climate Change - Discussion / Workshop

  • Home Energy Use and Carbon Footprints: a case study

  • Direct Action Discussion

 Saturday 19th

  • Local Currencies

  • Mass Street Action

  • Project Rameka - a local response to a global problem (reforestation and carbon sinks)

  • Campaigning – some lessons from the past

  • Basic Blockading techniques

  • Climate Change, Workers and Unions- building a movement to stop Capitalism Dead.

  • Campaigning – some lessons from the past

  • Divide and Rule: the politics of the Intenational Climate Negotiations [with cartoons!]

  • Moisturizing the Landscape - Conventional Agriculture, Climate change and Farming with a Future'.

  • Dealing with cops/Know your rights

  • How to plan an action

  • Practical steps for Activists engaging with workers

  • Native reforestation to combat Climate Change

  • Copenhagen Update

  • Healthy Homes

  • Day of Action discussion

  • How to make a Bike powered Smoothie Maker

  • Capitalism IS crisis [discussion]

  • Alternative technology. solar, wind, PV, a discussion on DIY

Sunday 20th

The Day of Action – whole camp collective planing sessions and preperations for the amazing Day of Action.

Our Climate Not Your Business!


Kitchen at the Camp

There will be three delicious meals served a day throughout the camp. Meals will be substantial and nutritious and will prevent the need for everyone to cook for themselves, plus dining together is always a great time to meet and talk to other climate campers!

Meal times will be 7-8.30 for breakfast, 1 – 2 for lunch and 6-7 for dinner.

There will be hot drinks available throughout the day, but if you need specific between meal snacks please bring them with you.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let the kitchen know on your arrival.

Cooking will be a collective effort so if you are keen to help out please talk to the welcome tent to let them know you are available.

What can I do to help?

There is still plenty to do before the Camp.

Working bees are being held daily to build infrastructure, put up posters, outreach the community, collect materials, paint banners, make signs and more, if you would like to help out you please send an email to or text or phone 0226275300 to find out what is happening where and when.


If you have any food or materials to donate let us know, we can organise collection and can take it into account when ordering for the camp.

Day of Action & Affinity Group call out

As the Camp gets closer in time so does the Day of Action. At the Day of Action we are going to target profiteers of climate change. Here is a link to the map with few potential targets in Central Wellington.

Profiteers of Climate Change are in Town – we say OUR CLIMATE NOT YOUR BUSINESS!!!

Join in the Climate Casino or bring your ideas for the Day of Action to address the root causes of Climate Change.

Meet at Civic Square at 8 am on Monday 21st of December.

Climate justice Now!!

Affinity groups for the Day of Action on the 21st of December

We encourage everyone to form an affinity group before the Camp.

*What is an ‘affinity group’?*

An affinity group is a small group of people (as small as 3, we recommend

not larger than 15) who work together independently on direct actions or

other projects. You can form an affinity group with your friends, people

from your community, workplace, organisation; you come together on whatever

basis you would like for your participation in the Day of Action on Monday December 21st 

*Why form an 'affinity group'?*

Forming a team before the camp may help with these purposes:

  • Strategy - you can share analysis and discuss action strategy within your

    team even before the camp begins.

  • Support - you’ll likely be more supported in taking action by being able

    to discuss your ideas and any needs in a smaller team of people.

  • Safety - your team of people can look out for each other during and after

    the action. 

*Do I have to form an ‘affinity group’?*

NO. If you would like to be in one but aren’t before the camp, 4-6 pm on the

Friday afternoon of the camp (18th Dec.) has been set aside to facilitate the

formation of affinity groups. You also don’t have to be in a team in order to participate in

discussion about the Day of Action but if you can organise your affinity group

before the camp thats awesome. 

*How we will decide about the Day of Action?*

It is going to be a collective decision. There are going to be Action Planing Seesions at the camp where we will all decide about the startegy for the Day of Action. 

*What can an affinity group do?*

Anything!! We can use affinity groups for mass or smaller scale actions - to

drop a banner, blockade a road, provide back-up for other crews, do street

theatre, block traffic riding bikes, organise a tree sit, or play in a radical marching band.

What makes affinity groups so awesome for actions is that they can remain

creative and independent and plan out their own action without an

organisation or person dictating to them what can and can't be done. There

are endless possibilities for what our affinity groups can do. Let’s be

creative and remember: direct action gets the goods!


See you at the Camp!





awesome!please dont bring


please dont bring drums!!

they are very loud and prevent sleep.

Environmental activist camp plans action in capital

The Dompost has picked up on it:

"Environmental activists intend to block roads and enter buildings in Wellington in an attempt to demand immediate action on climate change.[...] Wellington police emergency response manager Inspector Simon Perry said police were aware of the camp and extra officers were available if required."

Emergency response manager?