VIDEO: Bombed ship Rainbow Warrior crew talk of experiences 30 years ago

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Greenpeace vessel, Rainbow Warrior.

MIL OSI Analysis – Pacific Media Watch/PacificMedia Centre.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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AUCKLAND (Eyes Of Fire/Pacific Media Watch): Several crew members on the bombed Greenpeace environmental campaign ship Rainbow Warrior live in New Zealand today and have talked to AUT University television and journalism students about their experiences three decades ago and the future.

Four of the nine crew live on the island of Waiheke in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf and other original crew members also live in Auckland.

More than 40 students from the School of Communication Studies television and journalism majors and the Pacific Media Centre have teamed up with Little Island Press to track down and interview some of these veteran activists for the Eyes of Fire project.

Little Island Press is republishing a fresh edition of David Robie’s 1986 book, Eyes of Fire, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Rainbow Warrior bombing by French secret agents on 10 July 1985.

The publisher has set up a collaborative microsite about the bombing and the Rainbow Warrior’s humanitarian voyage to Rongelap Atoll in the Marshall islands to help a community suffering from the health legacy of US atmospheric nuclear tests to move to a safer atoll, Mejato, on Kwajalein.

In the latest rolling content posted on the Eyes Of Fire microsite, studio video interviews with several people involved have been published.

Interview with Rainbow Warrior third engineer Henk Haazen by Ariana Ward

Interview with RW deckhand Bunny McDiarmid by Alistar Kata

Interview with RW first mate Martini Gotje by Onehou Strickland

Interview with Eyes of Fire author David Robie by Hayley Becht

Interview with RW original cook Hilari Anderson by Phoebe Jeurissen

Eyes of Fire microsite

Interviewer: Alistar Kata, 21 May 2015

Student crew: Steph Griesel, Corey Sio, Josh Iosefa, Elina Osborne

Floor managers: Joel Wilson, Hayley Wadmore

Sound: Joel Wilson, Hayley Wadmore

DA: Elina Osborne, Maria Pahi

Graphics: Maria Pahi

Television and Screen Production, School of Communication Studies, AUT University, in partnership with AUT Pacific Media Centre and Little Island Press. www.pmc.aut.ac.nz

Title graphic: John Miller/Eyes of Fire

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.