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Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior


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Eyes of Fire
The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior


30th Anniversary Edition




David Robie



Format: paperback. Illustrated. 196 pp.
Date: 10 July 2015
ISBN: 9781877484285

Publisher: Little Island Press in association with the Pacific Media Centre.

On 10 July 1985, French secret agents bombed the Greenpeace campaign flagship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand. Portuguese-born photographer Fernando Pereira died in the sabotage outrage that shook the world. The bombed ship was scuttled off a New Zealand bay in 1987 to form a living reef and Rainbow Warrior II was commissioned. Now Rainbow Warrior III is the campaign ship.

Eyes Of Fire tells this story, but it also tells the story of nuclear testing in the Pacific. In 1954 the United States government tested a nuclear weapon in the Marshall Islands that poisoned Rongelap Atoll. Thirty years later the people of Rongelap, who were still suffering from radiation poisoning, asked the crew of the Rainbow Warriror to move them to Mejato, 180 kilometres away. This was the Warrior's last and most dramatic mission, before it sailed to Auckland to meet its fate. 

The 30th anniversary edition has a Little Island microsite with plenty of Rainbow Warrior resources. This site has been created in the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of the bombing to provide context and capture interviews with the Warrior's crew members. It has been made with the help of AUT University students and staff and Greenpeace.

For more information and review: http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/publications/eyes-fire-last-voyage-rainbow-warrior



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