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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.

  • Why we must protest the changes to the GCSB

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - July 24, 2013 at 17:30

    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 9:33

    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 >

  • The new Rainbow Warrior is coming to New Zealand

    Blogpost by Bunny Mcdiarmid - November 16, 2012 at 16:39

    The new Rainbow Warrior is unlike any ship you've ever seen

    I have some very exciting news - the brand new Rainbow Warrior is on its way to Aotearoa!

    It will be here in early January next year and we would like to invite you to come aboard for a free tour.

    The Rainbow Warrior has a special place in the hearts of New Zealanders and has been the heart and soul of Greenpeace’s global campaigning for over 30 years. She’s been raided, battered, shot at and bombed but the spirit of the Warrior has never been stronger.

    The new Rainbow Warrior is our first purpose-built ship. It was funded entirely by donations from Greenpeace supporters. She is at the very cutting edge of clean technology and one of the most environmentally friendly modern ships ever built. We’re very proud of her and very excited because this will be her first visit to New Zealand.

    After b... Read more >

  • Charity or not, Greenpeace is here to stay

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid - September 3, 2012 at 14:20

    This month on the 19th of September we mark the day in 1893 when women were finally given the vote in New Zealand. This came only after an enormous struggle by some very brave women. The importance of that struggle was captured in the words of The White Ribbon editor, Nelly Perryman, 25 years later;

    “We, the mothers of the present, need to impress upon our children’s minds how women of the past wrestled and fought, suffered and wept, prayed and believed, agonised and won for them the freedom they enjoy today.”

    Those women fought for a principle and won something fundamental that many now seem to take for granted.

    This month another principle is at stake. We’re in the Court of Appeal challenging the decision to decline Greenpeace charitable status under the ‘new’ Charities law passe... Read more >

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