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David Robie

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Latest book (published July 2005):
Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior
MEMORIAL EDITION - new content
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Titles include:
Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior
(New memorial edition, 2005)
Mekim Nius: South Pacific media, politics and education (2004)
The Pacific Journalist: A Practical Guide (2001)
Nius Bilong Pasifik: Mass Media in the Pacific (1995)
Tu Galala: Social Change in the Pacific (1992)
Blood on their Banner: Nationalist Struggles in the South Pacific (1989)
Och Varlden Blundar ... (And the World Closed Its Eyes, 1989)
Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior (1986)
Pacific Journalism Review (1994-2005)
Fri Press: Media Freedom in the Pacific (1996)
Nuclear Exodus: The Rongelap Evacuation (1986)

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Australian sales (Mekim Nius and Nius Bilong Pasifik only) at:
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South Pacific sales at USP Book Centre

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EYES OF FIRE: THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE RAINBOW WARRIOR
by David Robie (2005)


SPECIAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY REVISED MEMORIAL EDITION:
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ISBN 1 877 314 46 3 (Distributed by South Pacific Books Ltd)
180 pp. illus. index. bib. 225mm x 170mm.
Fourth edition (updated and revised) (Publication date: 10 July 2005).

Nuclear Testing | Politics | Environmental Studies

Book dedicated to the memory of Bengt and Marie-Therese Danielsson, Amelia Rokotuivuna, Elaine Shaw and Owen Wilkes

On 10 July 1985, French secret agents bombed the Greenpeace campaign flagship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour. The environmental ship had arrived in New Zealand to prepare for an anti-nuclear protest voyage to Moruroa Atoll in French Polynesia. Portuguese-born photographer Fernando Pereira died in the state terrorism outrage that shook the world. The bombed ship was ‘buried’ off Matauri Bay in 1987 to form an ecological reef and a new Rainbow Warrior was commissioned. A decade later, under mounting Pacific pressure, France abandoned its unpopular nuclear tests. This book is the tale of the last voyage of the bombed ship to the Marshall Islands and the impact of nuclear testing on the islanders of Rongelap Atoll and in French Polynesia.

DAVID ROBIE was awarded New Zealand’s 1985 Media Peace Prize for his reporting of the voyage and the sabotage by French state terrorists. He spent ten weeks on board. This memorial edition of the book marking the 20th anniversary of the bombing includes new sections and a preface by crew member and former Greenpeace Pacific coordinator BUNNY McDIARMID.

The author , David Robie, pictured with a copy of the original book on board the Rainbow Warrior before it was scuttled.

Reviews:
An analytical snapshot of the Pacific's strategic environment
(Selwyn Manning in Pacific Journalism Review, 16 May 2006)

Western terrorists' destruction and murder (Phil Shannon in Green-Left Weekly, 9 May 2006)
Terrorism in NZ's backyard (Jonathan Dow in Hawkes Bay Today, 8 April 2006)
Simon Pound talks to David Robie about Eyes of Fire (#307, Live Wires, Radio 95bfm, 16 February 2006)
Eyes of Fire: When nuclear wars came to town (Selwyn Manning on Scoop, 3 February 2006)
The legacy of the Warrior (Imran Ali on Wansolwara Online, 26 November 2005)
Twenty years later, Rainbow Warrior still burns
(Sanjay Ramesh on Pacific Islands Report, 22 September 2005)
The curse called Bravo (David Robie in Spasifik magazine, September 2005)
Eyes of Fire marks 20th anniversary
(Samantha Magick and Giff Johnson in Pacific Magazine, September 2005)
Bringing the Warrior back to life
(Britton Broun in Te Waha Nui, 26 August 2005)
Author shows courage of convictions (Simon Johnston in the Gulf News, 21 July 2005)
Hypocrisy in war on terror - Rainbow Warrior author
(Stuff website, 18 July 2005)
Author calls for more pressure on France over nuclear testing victims (AUT news website, 18 July 2005)
Remembering Rainbow Warrior
(Amy Goodman on Democracy Now - US, 14 July 2005)
At the end of the rainbow
(The Waikato Times, 9 July 2005)

Sadder tale behind the Rainbow Warrior (Auckland City Harbour News, 6 July 2005)
Scoop news story on the new book


Link to South Pacific Books
Link to USP Book Centre
Link in France - Chez Remi
Link to Greenpeace International
Link to Greenpeace Australia


First edition reviews:
‘One of the most iniquitous stories of the nuclear age.’
New Internationalist

''David Robie’s scoop was to have sailed on board the Rainbow Warrior across the Pacific and to have taken part in the evacuation of the Rongelap Islanders.’
NZ Listener

'A beautifully presented book of the plight of the Marshallese and life aboard the Rainbow Warrior on what was to be its last voyage.’
The Dominion

‘A damning indictment of the nuclear powers, in particular the French and the Americans.’
The New Zealand Times

'David Robie’s crisp narrative and excellent photographs give the reader a bird’s eye view of the Rainbow Warrior’s historic voyage.
Pacific Magazine

Pictured: Rongalapese reading the original Eyes of Fire in March 2005. Photo: Charles Finkbeiner

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National Library of NZ Cataloguing-in-Publication (CiP)

Robie, David, 1945-
Eyes of fire : the last voyage of the Rainbow Warrior / David Robie;
preface by Bunny McDiarmid; foreword by Walter Lini.
Special memorial ed.
Previous eds: Lindon Publishing, 1986; Ravette, UK, 1986, New Society Publishers, 1987.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 1-877-314-46-3
1. Rainbow Warrior (Ship). 2. Bombings-New Zealand-Waitemata Harbour.
3. Nuclear Weapons-Oceania-Testing.
4. Environmental protection-Oceania.
5. Antinuclear movement-Oceania.
6. Oceania-History-Autonomy and independence movements. I. Title
372.12099324-dc 22




MEKIM NIUS: South Pacific Media, Politics and Education by David Robie (2004)

ISBN 982 01 0584 6 (Published by the USP Book Centre, University of the South Pacific)
306 pp. illus. index. bib. (Publication: Fiji - December 6, 2004; NZ - February 24, 2005).
Price: RRP$49.95.
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Media | Politics | Pacific Studies

The news media is the watchdog of democracy. But in the South Pacific today the Fourth Estate role is under threat from governments seeking statutory regulation, diminished media credibility, dilemmas over ethics and uncertainty over professionalism and training.

Traditionally - with the exception of Papua New Guinea where university education has been the norm - the region's journalists have mostly learned on the job in the newsroom or through vocational short courses funded by foreign donors.

However, today's Pacific journalists now more than ever need an education to contend with the complex cultural, development, environmental, historical, legal, political and sociological challenges faced in an era of globalisation..

From the establishment of the region's first journalism school at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1975 with New Zealand aid, Mekim Nius traces three decades of South Pacific media education history.

Dr David Robie profiles journalism at UPNG, Divine Word University and the University of the South Pacific in Fiji with Australian, Commonwealth, French NZ and UNESCO aid. He also examines the impact of the region's politics on the media in the two major economies, Fiji and Papua New Guinea - from the Bougainville conflict and Sandline mercenary crisis to Fiji's coups.

The book draws on interviews, research, two news industry surveys, and the author's personal experience as a Pacific media educator for almost a decade. Mekim Nius argues journalists need to be provided with critical studies, ethical and contextual knowledge matching technical skills to be effective communicators and political mediators with the Pacific's 'new regionalism'.

Reviews:
Mekim Nius review
(Fijian Studies, Vol 3 No 1, June 2005)
Freedom in media: Making news is not without its problems in Pacific (eJournalist, Brisbane, 28 June 2005
Making news not without problems
(The National Weekender (PNG), 24 June 2005)
Media Wrap - Dr Lee Duffield on Mekim Nius (Radio Australia's On the Mat , 10 June 2005)
Freedom and media - problems in the Pacific (Queensland University of Technology, 9 May 2005)
Graft threatens to devour scribes (Indian Newslink, 1 May 2005)
Optimistic view of the Pacific's Fourth Estate and education (Pacific Journalism Review, April 2005)
The case for better watchdogs (Wansolwara, April 2005)
Interview: with Chris Laidlaw (Radio New Zealand 'Sunday', 10 April 2005)
Interview: with Bruce Hill - The Media Wrap (Radio Australia ''On the Mat', 7 April 2005)
Interview (Radio George FM', 3 April 2005)
Feature: The perils of South Pacific reporting (Asia Pacific Media Network, Los Angeles, 22 March 2005)
Review: Terror threat to Pacific media (Panpa Bulletin, Sydney, March 2005)
Profile: The South Pacific round (The Dominion Post, 12 March 2005)
Review: Making news, making nations (Pacific Connections, Summer 2005)
Coups, politics and the Pacific media (Spasifik Magazine, March 2005)
Coverage of the AUT launching in NZ - story and pictures (AUT Online, 25 February 2005)
Profile: NZ media called on to lift its game (Auckland City Harbour News, 25 February 2005)
Review: South Pacific Media: Dilemmas and Solutions (Scoop, 25 February 2005)
Green MP Keith Locke's Mekim Nius book launch speech (24 February 2005)
Author calls for NZ help for Pacific media (AUT Online, February 2005)
Commitment needed to make better journalists in Pacific, says academic (Radio NZ International, 11 February 2005)
Wider media role advocated (NZ Herald, 10 February 2005)
Review: A wake-up call for Pacific journalism (USP Beat, 7 February 2005)
Review: A wake-up call for Pacific journalism (Pacific Islands Report, 13 January 2005)
Review: Mekim Nius (AsiaPacific MediaEducator, Issue 15, December 2004, pp 233-4)
Journalism study compares Fiji and PNG (PNG Post-Courier, 17-19 December 2004)
Interview: On the Mat
(Radio Australia, 15 December 2004)
Robie launches book on media education in Pacific (The National, PNG, 13 December 2004)
Mekim Nius media book launched in Fiji (Fiji Daily Post, 7 December 2004)

South Pacific Books flyer for Mekim Nius

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USP Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data

Robie, David, 1945-
Mekim nius : South Pacific media, politics and education / David Robie.
-- Suva, Fiji : USP Book Centre, University of the South Pacific, 2004.

ISBN 982 01 0584 6

1. Journalism and education-Oceania 2. Journalism--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oceania 3. Journalists-Training of-Oceania 4. Mass media--Political aspects--Oceania 5. Press and politics--Oceania I. Title.

PN4793.O3R625 2004 0700995




THE PACIFIC JOURNALIST: A PRACTICAL GUIDE, edited by David Robie; foreword by Seona Smiles (2001)

ISBN 982 01 0385 1 (Published by the Journalism Programme, University of the South Pacific) 372 pp. illus. index. bib. (Published March 21, 2001).

NZ and Australian sales - NZ$49.95 South Pacific Books

"WHY do Pacific Islanders want to become journalists? In spite of often tense relationships between governments and the media in the region, and poor pay and working conditions, growing numbers of young Pacific Islanders are choosing a career in journalism -- and usually seeking formal qualifications."


This new book from the Journalism Programme, University of the South Pacific, looks at regional careers in the media. It covers some of the core courses of the programme, such as news values, basic news gathering, news writing and style, media law and ethics, print and online media, radio and television journalism, photojournalism, and political reporting and editorial balance.

In the final section, several chapters raise contemporary issues facing the region -- trauma and conflict reporting, health reporting and HIV/AIDS, the growing importance of the environment, and NGOs as news sources. A chapter, "outside looking in", also examines the challenges for international media covering the region.

The book is edited by USP's journalism coordinator David Robie, a New Zealand journalist with more than three decades of experience in the international and Pacific media. He has gathered a wide range of contributors, both journalists and media educators/trainers with long Pacific experience. This provides a practical companion for the earlier volume, Nius Bilong Pasifik: Mass Media in the Pacific.

Reviews:
"An unusual and insightful book"
, by Ian Boden (The National, PNG)



NIUS BILONG PASIFIK: MASS MEDIA IN THE PACIFIC edited by David Robie (1995)

ISBN 9980 84 052 8. Paperback. Published by: University of Papua New Guinea Press, Port Moresby, in association with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, Sydney, 1995. UTS, Box 123, Broadway NSW 2007, Australia.

Also available online from the University of the South Pacific Book Centre and in Australia from the University of Technology, Sydney, department of journalism and social communication.

The news media in the South Pacific may be small -- but the region has a diverse and vibrant mass communications industry. Ranging from the PNG Post-Courier (circulation 34,000) and Fiji Times to the fortnightly Tuvalu Echoes and monthly Madang Watcher, from EM TV's nationwide broadcasts via the Indonesian Palapa satellite to Niue's tiny television unit ...

Or the PNG National Broadcasting Commission's Kalang and Karai services to Tokelau's traffic-and-weather broadcasts ... the media caters for an audience and readership scattered over many islands and atolls.

In Nius Bilong Pasifik, 18 leading Pacific journalists, academics and media commentators explore the nature and problems of the contemporary Pacific mass communications industry. This is a unique book for Pacific journalism educators, students, sociology and political science scholars, media watchers and professional journalists. See review by Cratis Hippocrates.



TU GALALA: SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE PACIFIC edited by David Robie (1992)

ISBN 0 908912 14 5. Paperback. Published by: Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, NZ, and Pluto Press, Sydney, 1992. Preparation of the book was assisted by the Pacific Conservation Development Trust, a fund set up in New Zealand with compensation money from the French government for the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour on 10 July 1985.

The Pacific is in upheaval -- growing poverty, nuclear testing, independence struggles, militarisation and massive social dislocation are pressing, often intractable issues. In Tu Galala (meaning "freedom"), indigenous and palagi writers describe the impact of these influences on their people.

Sold out - no immediate plans to republish.

Topics covered include the Bougainville crisis and the environmental impact of mining on indigenous communities in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea; hazardous waste dumping and the Johnston Atoll chemical weapons burn-off controversy; human rights violations in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and East Timor; "development" in Kanaky/New Caledonia, and tino rangatiratanga in Aotearoa/New Zealand.



BLOOD ON THEIR BANNER: NATIONALIST STRUGGLES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC by David Robie (1989-91)

ISBN 0 949 138 35 5. Paperback. Published by: Zed Books, London, 1989; Pluto Press, Sydney; 1990, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, NZ, 1990, Malaya Books, Manila, 1991.


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Reviews:
Review - Behind the leis and smiles, by Robin Osborne



"David Robie has a well deserved reputation for reporting the South Pacific from the viewpoint of its own people -- as opposed to colonial myth. Students of the Pacific will find this book a valuable resource as the people of the region assert their sovereignty over what is rightfully theirs." -- Dr Timoci Bavadra, the late Prime Minister of Fiji, deposed in a coup d'etat.





Other books include:

OCH VARLDEN BLUNDAR..., by David Robie [AND THE WORLD CLOSED ITS EYES ...Swedish translation by Margareta Eklof, 1989]

ISBN 91 7024 527 4. Hardcover. Published by: Wiken Books, Hoganas, Sweden, 1989. This covers similar ground to Blood on their Banner on nationalist struggles in the South Pacific. However, this edition contains a chapter and other controversial material not in the English-language edition. It was published a few months before the English edition. The foreword was by Dr Bengt Danielsson, the late Swedish explorer, historian, social critic and journalist who is author of Moruroa Mon Amour.

Reviews:
Blood on their Banner
pulls together the unrest and the external pressures that are turning the Pacific from a dozy backwater and reshaping it as part of the quick-change world with its old stability under threat.
Ted Reynolds, New Zealand Herald

Blood on their Banner is an excellent introduction for the general reader to the contemporary Pacific. Challenging and well-researched, it should prove equally valuable as a text for studies on the nature of nationalism and struggles for justice and democracy.
Robbie Robertson, Arena

David Robie's vivid and well-documented account is a powerful indictment of the foreign policies of the United States, France and Indonesia. Even New Zealand and Australia are implicated.
Nemani Delaibatiki, Waikato Times

David Robie is one of the better known New Zealand-based journalists currently reporting on the Pacific. His investigative articles on issues and conflicts of the day have brought a new and welcome seriousness to writing on the politics of this region.
Ian Frazer, Otago Daily Times



EYES OF FIRE: THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE RAINBOW WARRIOR by David Robie (1986)

Paperback. Published by: Lindon Publishing, Auckland, NZ, 1986; Ravette Books, London, 1986; New Society Books, Philadelphia, 1987. The only account of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior by somebody who was actually on board. Robie was on board as a journalist for 11 weeks leading up to the sabotage by French secret agents. His media coverage of the Rainbow Warrior affair led to Robie being awarded the New Zealand Media Peace Prize. More than 60 photographs (mostly by the author), cartoons and other illustrations.

Now out of print, but available at many good libraries. Some good second-hand copies are available online in NZ from Vintage Books and in the US from Amazon.com


NEW MEMORIAL EDITION WITH UPDATED SECTIONS NOW IN PRODUCTION - JUNE 2005.
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Reviews:
‘One of the most iniquitous stories of the nuclear age.’
New Internationalist

''David Robie’s scoop was to have sailed on board the Rainbow Warrior across the Pacific and to have taken part in the evacuation of the Rongelap Islanders.’
NZ Listener

‘A beautifully presented book of the plight of the Marshallese and life aboard the Rainbow Warrior on what was to be its last voyage.’
The Dominion

‘A damning indictment of the nuclear powers, in particular the French and the Americans.’
The New Zealand Times

Robie’s crisp narrative and excellent photographs give the reader a bird’s eye view of the Rainbow Warrior’s historic voyage.
Pacific Magazine



PACIFIC JOURNALISM REVIEW edited by David Robie (1994-2005). Paperback. Eleven volumes. A journal on Pacific news media and communication issues published by the Auckland University of Technology's School of Communication Studies. More information and subscription form available on the Pacific Journalism Review home page.
Listings, cover icons and links to all published editions

Some editions available online through the University of the South Pacific Book Centre. Others can be ordered through AUT.






Films and videos:

FRI PRES: MEDIA FREEDOM IN THE PACIFIC (1997). Jailings of editors in Tonga. Proposed new media laws in Fiji and Papua New Guinea with attempts at "registering" journalists. Tougher defamation laws in Western Samoa. Restrictions on reporting in Bougainville and Vanuatu. An editor pilloried by Parliament for contempt over cartoons in the Cook Islands. Forestry and environmental reporting under growing pressure. Increasing condemnation of Pacific governments from international watchdog organisations such as Reporters Sans Frontiéres (Paris) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (New York).



Written, directed and produced by David Robie. 27 min. Pal VHS. Asia-Pacific Network. December 1996: This is available from Asia-Pacific Network, PO Box 78.028. Auckland 1002, Aotearoa/New Zealand Tel/Fax: (675) 3787543. Price: US$30 plus postage. A BetaSP broadcast version is also available. The program was broadcast on PNG's EM TV to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 1997 and again the following day.

This program is now also available as copies or for broadcast from: Journalism, University of the South Pacific, PO 1168, Suva, Fiji. Tel: (679) 212685. Fax: (679) 305153. Prices: F$45; US$30.

NUCLEAR EXODUS: THE RONGELAP EVACUATION: Written and produced by David Robie. PAL VHS. 12min. 1986. Aroha Productions. BetaSP version available from TVNZ. Broadcast on TVNZ's Tagata Pasifika program 1986. It won the Media Peace Prize commendation in 1986. An insiders' account of the evacuation of Rongelap and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior. Dramatic images. Ideal for schools. This is available from Asia-Pacific Network. Price: US$30 plus postage.

Saturday, 31 March 2007


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