Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island 2009

Directed by Suzanne Raes

Twenty-five years after the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, this Dutch documentary recalls the events and examines activism past and present with six of the original crew members now living on Waiheke.

The Netherlands In Dutch and English with English subtitles
87 minutes DigiBeta



Willemien van Aalst
Suzanne van Voorst


Elja de Lange


Frenk van der Sterre
Alex Booy


Joris Oonk


Rien Achterberg
Martini Gotjé
Henk Haazen
Bunny McDiarmid
Susi Newborn
Hanne Sørensen


Amsterdam Documentary 2009


Our premiere screening of this Dutch documentary marks the 25th anniversary of the sinking in Auckland harbour by French government agents of the Greenpeace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior. Six members of the original Rainbow Warrior crew eventually settled on Waiheke Island, a location revealed through the lens of filmmaker Suzanne Raes as nothing short of paradise. She films them as they go about their daily lives and investigates the inextricable connections between their life choices and political action. They recount their role in moving 320 Marshall Islanders ravaged by fall-out from US nuclear tests in 1979. They talk of their innocent sense of adventure which shattered when colleague Fernando Pereira died on board the Warrior, a victim of the French action. They reflect on past campaigns and the changing nature of activism. We’re delighted to provide the homecoming venue for this international spotlight on their activism and to join them in commemorating a defining moment in the New Zealand’s anti-nuclear stance. — BG