Selwyn Manning, editor

Evening Report editor, Selwyn Manning.
Evening Report editor, Selwyn Manning.
Across The Ditch – Selwyn Manning and FiveAA Australia’s Josh Sampson discuss 30 Years Since Rainbow Warrior Bombing + Helen Clark on Most Powerful Women List – Recorded live on 28/05/15 on

The survivors and crew of the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior have been preparing to mark 30 years since the vessel was bombed in Auckland Harbour. (See report here.)

The crew, including Greenpeace New Zealand’s current CEO Bunny McDiarmid have been speaking of their experiences before and after French DGSE agents placed explosives under the Warrior’s waterline in the night of July 10, 1985.

The act of terrorism by a supposed friendly nation came to pass after France attempted to thwart the plans of those onboard the Rainbow Warrior. Greenpeace was intending to sail the vessel to Moruroa Atoll to protest against France’s nuclear testing programme in the Pacific.

The attack destroyed the vessel and killed Fernando Pereira, the photographer assigned to the Rainbow Warrior, who was onboard when two bombs exploded.

France’s attempt to stop protest against its nuclear weapons programme in the Pacific failed.

Ironically, the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior cemented into the New Zealand psyche a commitment to see a Pacific free of nuclear weapons testing. It also galvanised popular support from the New Zealand public for the then prime minister David Lange’s controversial New Zealand nuclear free laws.

Former New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark, has been noted in the Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women.

Helen Clark, who is currently the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was listed as the 23rd most powerful women in the world.

The entertainer Beyonce came in at number 22.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was ranked number one, and Hillary Clinton is ranked as number two.

Helen Clark is being tipped by some as positioned to be a strong candidate to replace current United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon in 2016.

If she does campaign for the UN’s top job, it will create history. Never before has a woman been elected to the role.

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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.