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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.

  • Why I am sailing with the Oil Free Seas flotilla

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - November 16, 2013 at 13:28

    I am setting sail with the Oil Free Seas flotilla. We’re heading towards the site where the now infamous Texan oil giant Anadarko will attempt to drill. It’s about 110 nautical miles to the west of Raglan, and around one and a half kilometres under the ocean. A blow-out here could see oil belched into seas, and slop onto our beaches. Even Anadarko’s own information on the disastrous effects of an oil spill shows this. But both they, and their ‘yes-men’ in the National Government, have refused to release this to the people of Aotearoa.

    I should be clear here: both the oil industry and the government are hiding the possible effects of an oil spill from the people of New Zealand.

    Yachts join the flotilla

    Our children want fresh surf to splash and fish in. But this is not the only reason I am sailing. They also wan... Read more >

  • Tonight on TV3's The Vote, along with Russell Norma and Manu Caddie I’m going up against representatives of the oil drilling and mining industry to debate the question: "Does NZ need more mining?"

    In the face of new coal mining approvals given for conservation land and dangerous deep sea drilling about to start later this summer, the answer should obviously be a pretty loud ‘NO!’ and now we have the chance to make our voices heard.

    Pushing our economy further towards mining, drilling and fracking is the wrong direction for New Zealand for many reasons. But, we’re not trying to ‘hold back progress’ - far from it  - New Zealand has the choice now to move towards a clean economy which is better for long term sustainability and prosperity, better for jobs and better for the climate. That woul...

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  • Our Captain Fantastic

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - October 15, 2013 at 10:45

    Pete Willcox, who has just been refused bail and remains alone in a Russian jail cell, was my skipper on board the first Rainbow Warrior in 1984.

    As a crew we spent five months in a hellhole boat yard in Florida turning  the “Warrior” from a motor boat into a sailing boat and she turned really beautifully. Pete had grown up in sailing boats and being at sea was second nature to him, so taking the lead on such a big project for Greenpeace was a perfect fit. He was all over every aspect of the changes that were made. I remember on our sail across the Atlantic sitting at a sail sewing machine strapped to the deck in the middle of the night making adjustments to a torn sail, him on one side of the machine and me on the other.  He was thorough, ever present, and like a radar when it came to fin...

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  • It's time to Get Free

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - September 4, 2013 at 19:42

    It is time to get reinspired as a nation.

    To feel proud again of those things that have made our country the coolest little country on earth.

    And to remember how it was that we got our country that way. It wasn’t by sitting on our arses!

    A Call to Action was mooted amongst groups working to defend our country from risky fossil fuel expansion. Then some people loved and respected were asked if they might be part of that call.

    They were phoned and emailed and one after another – people said yes and often with great enthusiasm.

    We asked doctors, academics, musicians, activists and entrepreneurs.

    When we thanked writer/poet Albert Wendt for his participation he said “I feel honoured to be a small part of something I believe in.”

    Maria Tyrrell, the daughter of Captain Alan Tyrrell of the ... Read more >

  • The Rainbow Warrior after being bombed in AucklandI have been targeted by terrorists.

    I am one of the very few people who has been subjected to a terrorist attack in New Zealand.

    And I am absolutely opposed to John Key’s GCSB bill. It is an invasion of privacy that allows the Government to spy on people like you and me, and it's a step too far.

    I was crew on board the Rainbow Warrior in 1985 when French secret service agents, sanctioned by their government, laid bombs against her hull in the middle of the night whilst we all slept. One of our crew died in the subsequent explosions. It was a supposedly ‘friendly’ government that did this in Auckland Harbour, and their intention was to stop us from a peaceful protest at sea against nuclear testing in French Polynesia.

    Today, as he trotted out his glib lines trying to justify the snooper’... Read more >

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