Actress Lucy Lawless spends night in ship protest



WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Actress Lucy Lawless is hunkering down for a second day of a protest aboard an oil-drilling ship in New Zealand to try to stop the vessel from setting off for the Arctic.

Lawless and six Greenpeace activists climbed the 174-foot (53-meter) drilling tower aboard the Noble Discoverer in Port Taranaki early Friday and camped overnight in hammocks.

The group is trying to prevent the ship, which is chartered by Shell oil company, from leaving port to drill five exploratory wells in the Arctic. The ship was due to leave port this weekend.

Police say the group is breaking the law by trespassing, but haven’t tried to physically remove the protesters.

The 43-year-old Lawless, a native New Zealander, is best known for her title role in “Xena: Warrior Princess.”