Eyes Of Fire: 30 Years On – mapping the history with AUT students


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Dedicated to Fernando Pereira (1950–1985) who was killed in the attack on the Rainbow Warrior by French secret agents.

David Robie’s book Eyes of Fire tells the story of the last voyage of the original Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace campaign vessel bombed by French secret agents on 10 July 1985.

Thirty years ago [in 2015], the Rainbow Warrior and her crew were invited to help the people of Rongelap Atoll escape from their nuclear contaminated island. The events that followed still haunt the Pacific. On this Little Island microsite, we look at the legacy of this vessel, its small crew of resourceful Greenpeace activists and the Pacific Island communities they tried to help.

Thirty years on a new generation is rediscovering the Rainbow Warrior through David Robie’s book. Thirteen teams of tertiary students from Auckland’s AUT university have been hard at work researching the events described in David’s text. They have also been interviewing members of the original Rainbow Warrior crew.

David Robie
David Robiehttps://AsiaPacificReport.nz
Dr David Robie was previously founding director and professor of journalism at AUT’s Pacific Media Centre (PMC). He worked with postgraduate student journalists to edit Pacific Media Watch - a daily digital archive of dispatches about Pacific journalism and media, ethics and professionalism. The PMC also jointly published the high profile independent Pacific Scoop news website with industry partner, Scoop Media, and Asia Pacific Report, which David now edits independently in partnership with Evening Report: http://asiapacificreport.nz/ David is also the founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review (PJR).
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