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Lucy Lawless vows to continue Greenpeace fight

Published: 9:01AM Thursday June 14, 2012 Source: ONE News

Actress Lucy Lawless says she will continue to work for Greenpeace after pleading guilty today to unlawfully boarding a ship.

Lawless and seven other activists attracted international attention after carrying out a four-day protest on board the oil drilling ship the Noble Discoverer in New Plymouth.

Speaking outside court today, Lawless said she remained passionate about the cause.

"They are robbing our children of their birthright to a clean and healthy planet and they know it," she said.

Police arrested and charged the eight with burglary in February, but this was changed to a revised charge of unlawfully boarding a ship.

The previous charge drew criticism from Greenpeace and raised concerns that a burglary conviction could hinder Lawless' acting career by limiting entry into some countries such as the United States.

She said she does not think that will be an issue, "I don't believe so, but we'll see how that plays out," she said.

But despite the potential threat to her career Lawless said she intends to remain a part of environmental group.  

"I'm sure my association with them will go on," said Lawless, "I'm not sure what shape that will take."

At Auckland District Court today the group were all remanded on bail and will be sentenced at the New Plymouth District Court on September 14.

The group delivered a joint statement after their appearance in court, affirming their belief in their actions. They said they hoped people would continue to stand with them against Arctic oil drilling.

"The other activists and I hope that our actions will inspire others to put a stop to what [oil companies] plan to do in New Zealand waters," Lawless said.

Seven of the activists climbed the drilling tower of the moored ship on February 24 while it was being provisioned for a voyage to Alaska.

All were arrested after a 77-hour occupation of the tower. An eighth activist was arrested on the first day of the operation.

The activists who appeared in court were Raoni Hammer Mike Buchanan, Shayne Comino, Viv Hadlow, Shai Naides, Lucy Lawless, Zach Penman (arrested on day one) and ILai Amir.