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Maya McNicoll

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Maya is a writer, artist, strategist and campaigner. She sailed with the Rainbow Warrior in 2013 and continues to campaign on environment and social justice issues.

  • Way to make a girl feel special

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - January 14, 2013 at 20:18

    Kids at the open day on Sunday

    Quick question for you: Is there anyone left in Auckland that didn’t come to see the new Rainbow Warrior this weekend?  You turned out in your thousands Auckland and what a great looking crowd you are! 

    By nine am the sun was beating down on the smiling faces of the old and the young, and the queue stretched all the way up the Princes wharf, taking in the nicest days of summer so far, and we were quite frankly overwhelmed with the turnout. Seven litres of sun screen later I finally found some time to sit down and write this blog.

    Aucklanders have a special relationship with the Rainbow Warrior; she plays no small part in the story of Auckland, just as Auckland is a big part of the Warrior’s story. That's what makes this visit so special, for Greenpeace, for the ship, for her crew and, h... Read more >

  • Mauri ora Auckland!

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - January 12, 2013 at 9:50

    The Warrior arrives in AucklandMauri ora! Auckland. You really know how to make a girl feel welcome.

    I had a feeling this was going to be a red letter day right from the moment I woke up from the rocking embrace of the ship to shouts of “DOLPHINS!!!”

    I launched myself out of the top bunk, banged my head and shins, several times, and headed straight to the main deck with the pillow marks of an incredibly restful sleep still on my cheeks.   

    The sun announced its intention for a scorching day in Tamaki Makaurau, the sails were up and the dolphins played around the boat urging us towards the harbour. 

    Auckland was just a tiny, hazy speck way in the distance; I recognised the iconic shape of Rangitoto so I knew we must be getting close.  Then out from the harbour came all manner of boats to sail and motor alongside us, s... Read more >

  • Captain of the Rainbow Warrior

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - January 11, 2013 at 9:32

    Joel Stewart captain of the Rainbow Warrior, pictured on the crossing from Holland to England. (C) GREENPEACE / COBBING

    “There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls all the best in him, but a sailing ship does.” - Allan Villiers

    Today I spent some time with the captain of the new Rainbow Warrior; Joel Stewart.  He talked to me about how he came to be involved with Greenpeace, about his admiration for the new ship and about his hopes for New Zealand.

    “My favourite place to sail is wherever I am at that moment.  Right here, in New Zealand is the place to be right now but I also really like to sail the waters between Northern Washington, British Colombia and Alaska, that’s my home.

    Before I joined Greenpeace some twenty three years ago, I was running a freighter in Alaska when the Exxon Valdes hit the rocks.  I actually... Read more >

  • A new dawn

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - January 9, 2013 at 23:36

    The new Rainbow Warrior sails into Matauri Bay, New Zealand, the final resting place of the original Rainbow Warrior
    The new Rainbow Warrior sails into Matauri Bay, New Zealand, the final resting place of the original Rainbow Warrior 

    Early this morning, as the sun burst over the horizon on this glorious summer’s day, the new Rainbow Warrior sailed into Matauri Bay in full sail. 

    It is only fitting that we have come here to pay our respects to the memory of the original Rainbow Warrior and crew that were attacked in Auckland Harbour in 1985 by the French Secret Service and then scuttled here at Matauri Bay 25 years ago.

    As I looked out to sea, from all around, in every direction, every point of the compass and in all manner of vessels, people were coming here to pay their respects and to celebrate.  People of all denominations, all nationalities, all races and all cultures gathered today at this sacred... Read more >

  • Where’s all the tie-dye?

    Blogpost by Maya McNicoll - January 8, 2013 at 13:06

    The Rainbow Warrior at Marsden Point

    It is summer in New Zealand.  The season that brings the wind, the rain and the brightest sunshine all in the same day. 

    I’m on board a Greenpeace ship, the brand new, purpose built, Rainbow Warrior setting out to tour the coast of New Zealand for the very first time.  She’s here to meet as many New Zealanders as possible as she travels the country for the next few weeks.

    When I received my invitation to tour with the New Rainbow Warrior as the on-board blogger I was, as you would expect, extremely excited, although I harboured some real reservations about coming on this trip.  It certainly played to my passion for adventure, a real “bucket-list” moment, but I was concerned that my streaky bacon addiction might see me keelhauled before we even left port, a kind of Vegan pre-venge to get... Read more >

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