10 July 2015

Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior

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Author: David Robie
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.

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 posioned 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. Little Island Press has created this site in partnership with the Pacific Media Centre and AUT journalism and television students in the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of the bombing to provide context and capture interviews with the Warrior's crew members.

More information at Little island Press

Book launch video

Eyes of Fire hoped to inspire community activism - video


Thirty Years Later: The bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, by Ed Rampell in the Earth Island Journal

An intimate sense of the Rainbow Warrior and her crew that rings true, by Steve Sawyer in Greenpeace US

You can't sink a rainbow - book extract in Republika magazine (Fiji), July-August 2015

Operation Exodus - book extract in Spasifik Magazine (NZ), August 2015

Eyes of Fire book launch: 30 years on from the Rainbow Warrior bombing - Spasifik Magazine, 10 July 2015

David Robie

Professor, PMC Director

Professor David Robie is an author, journalist and media educator specialising in Asia-Pacific affairs.