Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Margaret Mahy boat unveiled on anniversary of ship bombing

Greenpeace unveils Margaret Mahy boat on anniversary of ship bombing


10 July, 2014 – Greenpeace is naming a new boat after one of New Zealand’s best known children’s authors, Margaret Mahy, at a ceremony today on the 29th anniversary of the Rainbow Warrior bombing in Auckland harbour.

Supporters and staff will attend the ceremony at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club this afternoon. After paying tribute to Fernando Pereira, who was killed when French agents bombed the Rainbow Warrior in 1985, they will unveil the 7.4 metre Margaret Mahy. However, due to strong winds and rain lashing Auckland the boat’s first public outing will be postponed until next week.

Stephanie Mills, Greenpeace New Zealand Board Chairperson said the much-loved author had a long association with Greenpeace.

“Margaret was a committed supporter for 25 years. As a writer she cast a spell with stories and poems, she weaved words into adventures. We do it with boats. Each time we go out on our boats to challenge an unseen injustice we start to tell the world a new story,” she said.

“The circumstances are always unique but with a shared thread: that there is an alternative and that ordinary people have the power to make amazing changes. The Margaret Mahy will carry the next generation of activists and, through Margaret’s unique spirit, will provide that extra bit of inner strength in those crucial moments.”

Margaret’s daughter Bridget who will attend the ceremony said; “Marg would be really amused to know there was a Greenpeace boat named for her. I cannot wait to see the Margaret Mahy zooming around, creating a not-so-horrendous hullabaloo, on behalf of the New Zealand she loved.”

The Margaret Mahy is the first of three boats purchased by Greenpeace to replace its aging rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) which are used for taking direct action in New Zealand waters. The boats plus trailers and accessories cost a total of $122,000 raised from the sale of its old RIBs and an appeal to Greenpeace members.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Max Rashbrooke: A Failure Of Measurement: Inside The Budget Lock-Up

Shortly after the embargo lifted at 2pm news organisations started filing reports claiming that health, and to a lesser extent housing and education, were the ‘big winners’ out of the Budget. It failed to take into account the fact that in most cases the apparent increases were in fact cuts. Because of the twin effects of inflation and population. More>>

ALSO:

DOCtored Figures: Minister Clarifies DOC Budget

“Commentators have overlooked the fact $20.7m of that perceived shortfall is new funding for Battle for our Birds 2016, provided for in last week’s Budget...” DOC also has approval in principle to carry over a further $20m to 16/17 due to unexpected delays in a number of projects. More>>

ALSO:

For The Birds: Gordon Campbell On The Budget

Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. . More>>

Max Rashbrooke On The 2016 Budget

The best label for this year’s announcement by Bill English might be the ‘Bare Minimum Budget’. It does the bare minimum to defuse potential political damage in a range of areas – homelessness and health are prime among them – but almost nothing to address the country’s most deep-rooted, systemic social problems. Indeed the Budget hints that these problems may get worse. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news