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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.

  • 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 >

  • Fair winds Daren Day

    Blogpost by Bunny Mcdiarmid - March 26, 2013 at 8:33

    Last Friday early in the morning our good friend and colleague Daren Day passed away.

    Daren had been fighting lung cancer for the past three years and up until his last breath he did not give up the fight.  As Dylan Thomas wrote: 'do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage to the dying of the light", and that was Daren, not willing to miss a moment of living whilst he still had a breath in him, he fought to the very end.

    Daren has been in and around Greenpeace for as long as any of us can remember. Many now know him as one of the Greenpeace New Zealand board members where  he served for a number of years including as chair, a position he gave up only two years ago.

    But I remember first meeting him in 1985 when the  Warrior first came to NZ. After she was bombed we relied heavil... Read more >

  • A white-capped albatross soars above a breeding colony at South West Cape, on subantarctic Auckland Island (C) GREENPEACE / HANSFORD
    The weather is the weather some sailor I know always says. And given the kind of weather that the New Zealand subantarctic is famous for we have been extraordinarily lucky with it in the short time that we have had here with the Rainbow Warrior. One sunny day, one slightly crap one and two misty rainy ones.

    Today's our last day here in the Auckland Islands and it was relatively kind. It was 'claggy' as they say here amongst the "subbies" club. Misty rain with cloud on the ridge lines. Every now and then it cleared and it was always a little breath taking when it did, as if revealing itself all in one go would be too much for us to bear.

    Last night we were tucked up inside Carnley Harbour. When the wind picked up and we recorded 48 knot gusts, the boat swinging around in the wind and the a... Read more >

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