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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.

  • 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 >

  • Our charitable status legal marathon

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - August 1, 2013 at 17:33

    This week the final leg of our charitable status legal marathon will be in the Supreme Court in Wellington.  The outcome in the Supreme Court will not decide whether we get charitable status. It will simply clarify further the definition of what a charity can be.  Then, based on that, we can decide to re-apply to the Charities Registration Board to reconsider our application.

    Here’s a bit of background. In 2005 the Government passed a new Charities Act, which meant all who considered themselves charities needed to apply to be registered.  The Act is based on English law from the 1600s. We applied and were denied.

    We applied because we considered ourselves charitable under the public benefit heading.  There are some financial benefits as a registered Charity.  But more importantly it is the n... Read more >

  • Why we must protest the changes to the GCSB

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - July 24, 2013 at 15:30

    New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau facility in Waihopai. (CC) Schutz

    The Government’s new spy bill looks set to pass with the slimmest of majorities now that Peter Dunne has given his blessing. That’s right - the former Minister who objected so vigorously to having his emails read by a government inquiry has now backed plans to allow our spy agencies to spy on us all. With just a few words, “When you have a willing buyer and a willing seller you can always do a deal”, Peter Dunne gave up your right to privacy.

    National security should always be a priority of Government. It has a duty to protect us from harm where the threat exists. But it also has a duty to uphold democracy and to be fair. With this new law, John Key has just broken that social contract he signed when he agreed to serve in the interests of all of us.

    This new spying law has been roundly ... Read more >

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