Police moved against The Environment following a tip-off from a concerned member of the public.
The Environment had been in hiding since legislation making environmentalism unlawful was passed by the government.
Business New Zealand Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly applauded the arrest of The Environment.
He said that destroying native forests, obliterating green spaces, and laying waste to our entire nation in a slow and methodical manner would be “real wins for business”.
“Using our Kiwi can-do attitude to add value with number eight wire will create a win-win by cutting red tape and make the boat go faster”, said Mr O’Reilly.
A spokesperson for The Environment denounced the arrest, but refused to comment further for fear that an oil company would seek legislation to criminalise her organisation.