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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, then Executive Director of Greenpeace NZ, and is now executive director of Greenpeace International.

  • 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 >

  • 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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