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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.

  • 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 >

  • Today all of our supporters will get a letter from me that you can read below.

    After a decade doing probably the best job in New Zealand, I've decided to resign as executive director. I have loved being part of Greenpeace New Zealand over the last 10 years as executive director. But now is the time for someone else to take on this wonderful role.

    Here's my letter:

    I think I have the best job in New Zealand. Being the head of Greenpeace is challenging, fun, humbling, often exhausting and always interesting.

    But, now it's time for someone else to do it.

    As a supporter of Greenpeace New Zealand I wanted to tell you personally that I have decided to resign from my position as executive director of Greenpeace New Zealand Aotearoa.

    It was not an easy decision for me to make, but maybe fittin... Read more >

  • On Wednesday I went to the opening performance of “Fallout” playing at the Basement theatre.

    It’s a play about the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior by French government agents, 30 years ago this July. But it’s equally a story about NZ and its people. It was really brilliant. It made me laugh, cry, remember and be glad that Bronwyn Elsmore had written and Jennifer Ward-Lealand had produced a play that did the story justice.

    I always feel nervous about how people will tell that story. For me it’s a little too personal to get any really solid distance, but this time I was really glad that my feelings about it matched lots of the younger people from Greenpeace who went – some for whom this really is history. They loved it too.

    There are only four actors in the cast and over the hour they becom... Read more >

  • Yesterday, the calm of our peaceful flotilla was broken. In 24 hours we’ve gone from a collection of yachts enjoying the company of whales, sharks, dolphins along with a lot of other spectacular Tasman wildlife, to living in the shadow of Anadarko’s monstrous drill ship the Noble Bob Douglas.

    The Noble Bob Douglas arrives at the proposed drill site

    As the sun rose this morning over this beautiful section of the Pacific, the scene was dominated by the ugly sight of ‘Bob’. Just to give the size of this behemoth some context, Ros on the Baltazar described it’s approach yesterday like this: "Even while it was several miles away we could hear the roaring of Bob's engine room fans & see black smoke pluming" - you can imagine what it’s like floating here less than 500m from it!

    We’re not only out here to protect this unique environment, we’re also h...

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  • Waiting for the (ig)Noble Bob Douglas

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - November 18, 2013 at 19:32

    Out on the Tasman it is still, sunny and calm. The water has been so flat lately that, ironically, it’s technically known as "oily seas" because there’s a sheen over the water. Take note of this though because it’s the only time you’ll ever see me happy with oily seas!

    The SV Tiama awaits the Noble Bob Douglas at the deep sea drill-site about 110NM West of Raglan

     

    This morning as we all sat on Vega having cups of tea and eating chocolate biscuits a very large right whale breached and wandered through the middle of the boats. It stopped the conversation in its tracks as we all stood open-mouthed, pointing.

    This is also a very popular area for sharks (with their fins on) which has put a few people off swimming but did not dampen Barclay Armstrong’s standup paddling spirit as he took...

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