A woman has admitted to illegally boarding a ship as part of an organised protest against oil and gas exploration.
On Thursday, Sarah Anne Yates pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully getting onto a ship and wilful trespass in connection with the January 31 protest, which saw her and four other Greenpeace members break into Port Taranaki and illegally board The Mermaid Searcher.
The ship was collecting supplies for the Amazon Warrior, a Schlumberger-owned vessel carrying out seismic surveying off the Taranaki coast.
Last week, Yates’ co-offenders Nick Hanafin and Olga Darkadaki appeared in court and pleaded guilty to charges they each faced. Hanafin pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully getting onto a ship and wilful trespass. Darkadaki pleaded guilty to unlawfully getting onto a ship.
The trio will be sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court on May 28.
Eli Steentjes and Gina Mitchell, who are also facing charges connected to the protest, will re-appear on April 19.