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Bunny McDiarmid

Bunny is a long-time Greenpeacer who started off as a deckhand on board the original Rainbow Warrior, then became campaign leader for the Pacific and is now the executive director of Greenpeace New Zealand.

  • Greenpeace International Executive Director Bunny McDiarmid and Greenpeace Brasil Amazon Campaign Coordinator Tica Minami meet with several Munduruku Caciques in the Amazon rainforest along the Tapajós River. 8 Jul, 2016  © Lunae Parracho / Greenpeace

    There is nothing quite like flying over the Brazilian Amazon. The forest spreads out like an endless green carpet, crisscrossed by ribbons of water, and goes on for as far as the eye can see. Banks of clouds break up the vast sky. As the green of the mighty Tapajós River comes into view, I know we’ve entered the territory of the Munduruku Indigenous People – my hosts for the coming days.

    Greenpeace is working alongside the Munduruku to push for formal recognition of their land and to halt the massive São Luiz do Tapajós (SLT) hydrodam planned for the Tapajós River, in the very heart of the Amazon. I have come to meet with the Munduruku chiefs and show our global support for the protection of the Tapajós and the rights of the Munduruku who have lived here for generations.

    The Munduruku... Read more >

  • UPDATE 1: Our investigations are going well. We’ve narrowed down what happened, and hope to have our email system back up and running later today or tomorrow.

    UPDATE 2: We’ve managed to confirm that all your financial data is safe, and was not compromised at all. Phew! We'll be back online soon.

    I’m writing this message because some of you will have been sent a spam email that appeared to come from us last night. It didn’t come from us. If you received the message, please just treat it like all spam. Delete it, and don’t click on the links.

    We’re really sorry, and right now we’re working to find out how this happened, and how we can fix it.

    What we do know is that yesterday evening someone got into the software we use to send you emails. They tried to send you a spam message about ‘Lott... Read more >

  • Humpback whale near Tonga

    Yesterday, at the United Nations meeting in New York, the New Zealand government announced that a vast stretch of its exclusive economic zone will be turned into an ocean sanctuary. It is the first time an area of New Zealand’s EEZ has been fully protected from all mining and fishing and will be among the world’s largest ocean reserves.

    It is  a very welcome move to preserve one of the most pristine and unique environments on earth. Well done Prime Minister Key.

    Greenpeace has long supported the call for a global network of marine reserves to cover  40 percent of our seas and oceans and was one of the groups  supporting protection of the  Kermadecs. And the Rainbow Warrior has just completed a campaign in  the Pacific exposing overfishing and illegal fishing activity in areas of interna... Read more >

  • Russel Norman to Lead Greenpeace New Zealand

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - September 11, 2015 at 9:51

    This morning we emailed over a quarter of a million Greenpeace supporters to tell them that Russel Norman has been appointed to replace me as executive director of Greenpeace New Zealand when I step down later this year.

    Some will be surprised to hear that a guy more accustomed to sitting inside Parliament is joining an organisation that’s more used to climbing it - but I firmly believe Russel is the right man for the job.

    Russel has the leadership skills, optimism, energy, vision and commitment to the environment that we need. And he shares our belief that people power is the key to bringing about positive change, and that civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action are vital to a healthy, robust democracy.

    Here’s what Russel had to say this morning:
                  
    "I’m very excited to be j... Read more >

  • Rainbow Warrior heading for Auckland

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - July 17, 2015 at 11:03

    The Rainbow Warrior is heading to New Zealand

    Right now the Rainbow Warrior is heading across the Tasman Sea to Auckland.

    We will be holding Open Boats on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th of July, at Princes Wharf in Auckland and would love for you to come on board and meet the crew!

    We'll be there between 9am and 4pm, on both days, so just pop down anytime. Bring your family and friends and if you're on Facebook please join our event to RSVP, invite your friends and help us get the word out.

    This is a special visit for two reasons.

    It's thirty years ago this month that the French secret service exploded two bombs on the first Rainbow Warrior, sinking her in Auckland harbour and killing our friend Fernando Pereira. 

    Pete Willcox was captain that day and he is captain again now on board the Rainbow Warrior. Pete will sail the ... Read more >

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