AN innovative community publisher has teamed up with about 40 television and journalism students and the Pacific Media Centre at AUT University to launch a dynamic microsite to honour the courage and commitment of the Rainbow Warrior nuclear-free campaigners three decades ago.
And to inspire activism for the environmental causes still to be won – like seriously addressing climate change before it’s too late.
Or continuing the struggle for the Rongelap, Tahitian and other islanders whose lives have been ravaged by the legacy of nuclear testing.
Little Island Press, which specialises in Pacific projects, has teamed up with the centre to collaborate with the journalism and television students.
The microsite also features the work of social justice photographers Gil Hanly and John Miller, whose images were published worldwide after the bombing. They also featured in the Nuclear Exodus exhibition and video.
The digital microsite – “Eyes of Fire: 30 Years On” – has already gone live. Five full studio interviews have already been uploaded and many news stories and other content will be rolled out on the website or on the PMC’s YouTube channel.
The enthusiasm and quality of work by the young students has been “awesome”, say the lecturers.
The campaign will run until the 30th anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior on 10 July 1985 and climax with publication of a new edition – the fifth – of my 1986 book Eyes of Fire.
France stopped nuclear testing in 1996 in response to the determined and persistent campaigns by Greenpeace activists and many others.
Eventually, the Rainbow Warrior microsite is expected to become a resource for education.
AUT television and screen production major student Hayley Becht talks to David Robie as part of the Rainbow Warrior: 30 Years On project.