Emily Bailey

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Emily Bailey

Emily Felicity Tuhi-Ao Bailey is a New Zealand activist. She is the sister of Tim Bailey and Simon Bailey.

The partner of Urs Signer.


Taking up the baton passed on by her father’s sister Vera Bezems, whose work instigated the government inquiry into pollution and environmental degradation caused by petro-chemical waste at the Taranaki Motonui outfall, and influenced by the death of her older sister from leukemia linked to aerial and ground spraying of 245T by their local council, Emily Bailey has had a longstanding interest in, and commitment to, environment issues, and the conservation of native flora and fauna.

Since gaining a BSc in ecology and geography, the quality of Emily’s professional and voluntary work has been frequently and widely acknowledged, such as in 2003 when she was selected to be one of 20 young people to attend the Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES) World Youth Leadership Conference in Rishikesh, India, and in 2004 when she traveled with film project Kotahi Te Ao to 32 countries documenting grass-roots initiatives to positively confront pollution and environmental destruction.

The project’s supporters included such notables as then-Minister of Conservation Chris Carter, investigative journalist John Pilger, the HRH Charles Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, and former Director-General of the Environment for the European Commission, Marius Enthoven.

Emily’s work history includes a variety of paid and voluntary positions, from the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Environmental and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand (ECO), to running her own organic gardening business. Her voluntary work ranges from holding workshops at the Parihaka Peace Festival, to activity with the Save Happy Valley Coalition, and assisting with the development and operation of the Arlington Community Garden Project, and of Oblong Internet Cafe, a non-profit volunteer project that provides the community with cheap access to resources such as the internet, data projectors, and film and audio equipment.

Her uncle Charles Bailey and cousin Te Reimana Bailey, both members of the New Zealand Maori Council until their deaths, are undoubtedly turning in their graves at this latest insult to tino rangatira-tanga.

Growing Community

30th November 2002 Press Release From : 'Growing Community' and Anti-Bypass Action

Transit threaten arrests at 'Bypass' route gardening bee.

A threatening letter has been sent out by Transit's Project Manager Jamie McDuff to members of anti-'Bypass' groups planning to create another community garden on the proposed route of the roading scheme that states "appropriate action" will be taken if anyone attempts to garden in the area.

Amazed at Transit's fear of plants and gardens the decision has been made for all gardeners to meet later in the day "so we can all garden together and really scare Transit with our frightening cabbages and beans" says Growing Community spokesperson Emily Bailey. They hope then that "they [Transit] will finally leave our beloved Te Aro alone".

Contacts : Kane Fawcett, and Emily Bailey.

Pro - Palestine

Emily Bailey, Ana Brown, Marty Brown, wrote Pro Palestine letter to Salient 13, 2002.

Anti GE

Organisers of a demonstration in Wellington (July 19th, 2003) say the government will face fierce opposition if it ends the moratorium on the release of Genetically Modified Organisms.

"There are too many unanswered questions regarding the threat posed by GMOs to New Zealand's environment to end the moratorium now" says Emily Bailey, spokesperson for the Harakeke Eco Collective which is organising the march.

The demonstration is calling for the GMO moratorium to be made permanent, for the government to withdraw support for the US government's WTO case against European opposition to GE foodstuffs and in favour of safe and controlled lab-based research.

Contacts Emily Bailey, Jonah Marinovich, Sam Buchanan.

On "Maori politics"

28.4.2004 Tumai magazine

Okay, I am still new to maori 'politics' but here's my two bit...Firstly, if Maori are refused the claims and the land becomes 'public' that means the crown owns it right? They make the rules and claim it the people's voice under our pseudo-democratic government. We all see how they are treating the GE issue. Things never change.
I support the Maori claims for the seabed and foreshore mainly because it seems the only way to stop the government getting hold of it. I do not trust them, to put it simply. I would love the land to be 'public' as I strongly the oppose the whole notion of privatisation and ownership. How we can possibly own something that is constantly changing, moving and was here before we existed and will be long after we are gone. It is just so ridiculous, porangi. We can claim the right to use the area over another people and debate that back and forth or agree to manage and share it sustainably. Those are the only real options we should be discussing.


Kotahi Ao

Wellington based anarchist Kerry Tankard worked with three of the Urewera 17 Simon Bailey, Emily Bailey and Marama Mayrick, on the anarchist/Green Party supported radical environmentalist film Kotahi Ao.


Marama Mayrick and Emily Bailey visited the Zapatistas in Oventic, Chiapas, probably in 2005, during the making of their radical film Kotahi Ao.

Nice 'n' Native

In 2007 the Nice 'n' Native whanau (family) was as follows:

Teanau Tuiono, Helen Te Hira, Moana Robb, Emily Bailey, Ira Bailey, Rangi Kemara, Kiritapu Allan, Alma Rosa Silva-Banuelos, Noa Campbell, Nikau Campbell, Tia Taurere, Chester Mark A. Tuazon, Elma Cielo Awingan, Iana Takarangi, Brett Ramey, Challen Wilson, Kewana Duncan, Wahleah Johns, Aletha Penritl, Rangimarie Aperehama, Ati Teepa, Kane Te Manakura, Cathy Rexford, Jason De Santolo, Terri Te Tau, Bobby, Claire Garnett, Tania Te Tau, Uiterangi Te Tau-Tuiono, Te Kaea Taurere-Julian, Tama Taurere-Julian, Astro Brimm , Te Kiriahi Taurere-Julian, Rereata, Heather Thompson, Alison Green.

Save Happy Valley

To protest the hypocrisy of the NZ government’s continued plan to mine Happy Valley on the South Island’s West Coast for coal while portraying to the world that we are ‘clean and green’, members and supporters of the Save Happy Valley Coalition will “freeze our butts off rather than burn coal” outside the government’s World Environment Day activities, June 6, 2008.

We'll hear a lot of green-tinged rhetoric on World Environment Day, but in reality the government is happy to take the money and let the environment go to hell. At Happy Valley near Westport, the state-owned enterprise Solid Energy plans to destroy a pristine wetland and kiwi habitat in order to flog climate-changing coal overseas,” said Wellington Save Happy Valley group spokesperson Emily Bailey.[1]

Urewera camps

Jan. 2007 - believed to have attended Urewera training camp because of text from Ira Bailey.

June 2007 - allegedly attended camp, took fold up firearm with her and read IRA manual.

August 2007 - allegedly went to camp with UrsSigner and Tim Bailey.

Sept. 2007 allegedly attended camp, with Urs Signer, took Val Morse

Urewera 17


Dominion Post editorial: "Political acts must fall within the law", 29/05/2012.

By using firearms at military-style training camps in the Ureweras, Tame Iti, Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara, Urs Signer and Emily Bailey broke the law. They did so repeatedly and in a manner that damaged relations between the Crown and the Tuhoe people. The Independent Police Conduct Authority has yet to rule on the police conduct of the raids that terrified the residents of the eastern Bay of Plenty township of Ruatoki but, whatever it finds, the ultimate responsibility for the raids rests with the four convicted of firearms offences. If they, and others, had not been playing at soldiers in the bush and taking part in alarming discussions, the raids would not have occurred.
The facts, as set out during sentencing by Justice Rodney Hansen, are these: in January, September and October 2007 Iti organized, and the others participated in, a series of camps, or rama, near Ruatoki. During the camps semi-automatic weapons, sawn-off shotguns, and sporting rifles were fired. In addition, Molotov cocktails were made and thrown at one of the camps. When police terminated their surveillance operation, three rifles, two of them semi-automatic, were found under a tarpaulin at Iti’s Ruatoki house, four rifles and a semi-automatic shotgun were found in the boot of Kemara’s car and in a caravan he occupied, and a .22 rifle was found in a backpack at a Wellington campsite occupied by Signer and Bailey.
The explanations proffered by defence counsel for the camps and the use of firearms that participants were being taught bushcraft and survival skills or that they were being trained for employment in the security industry were dismissed by the judge as "utterly implausible".

The evidence pointed, he said, to the establishment of a private militia. That those running the camps did not know what they were doing and posed a greater danger to themselves than the general public is beside the point. So, too, is the fact that the judge concluded they were motivated by a sense of altruism rather than criminality. They wanted to redress Tuhoe grievances.

The judge sentenced Iti and Kemara to two-and-a-half-years' imprisonment. He indicated he was prepared to consider a sentence of nine months' home detention for Signer and Bailey provided a suitable address could be found. They had played a lesser role in the offending.