Friday, 22 March, 2019

Students stage school strikes over climate change

Green Party co-leader James Shaw reveals the extent of his injuries after being attacked Green Party co-leader James Shaw reveals the extent of his injuries after being attacked
Jeannette Daniel | 15 March, 2019, 09:45

Our new Insight poll reveals that over half of parents with school-age children strongly support those attending today's #schoolstrike4climate protest across New Zealand.

When he did arrive he had a black eye, a bloody nose and a box of tissues.

A man confronted him as he walked near the entrance to the Botanic Garden on busy Glenmore St. "It is time for the talking to stop and it is time for the action to start", Shaw said.

Equally alarming is the sentiment which allegedly drove the attack.

He later went to hospital as a precaution due to it being a head injury, but is now home with his partner.

He was kept for observation, but it was understood he was released last night and spent the night at home with his wife Annabel.

"We are all upset for our friend, but we are all pulling together". "Change is coming whether they like it or not", she said.

New Zealand is not alone in struggling to get to grips with the issue.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern struck a different tone.

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Political violence is practically unheard of in New Zealand, a nation of about 4.5 million where most government Ministers do not have a regular security detail. We are after all, here to serve people.

National Party deputy leader Paula Bennett says she managed to lock herself in a auto on one occasion, before an angry member of the public kicked the vehicle door.

Connor said if she were eligible to vote at this year's Federal election, she would vote Green.

She sought training on how to keep herself safe from potential threats and said all MPs should be offered that training as part of their induction.

And while the district says it encourages students to be informed and express their views, they should do it "outside the school day".

Trade Minister David Parker, who chairs the Cabinet committee, said Shaw had told him the man had been shouting about the United Nations.

But the election of Donald Trump, who "reject [ed] the ideology of globalism" in a speech to the UN General Assembly a year ago, appears to have provided some added impetus to those conspiracy theorists, while social media has allowed their theories to spread more easily.

Earlier, National Party deputy leader Paula Bennett told Morning Report the attack was "horrible to hear about".

Justice Minister Andrew Little agreed that social media was becoming more toxic. Almost 100 schools are expected to participate, Thunberg said on Twitter.

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