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Peace activist a true Waiheke character

Last updated 05:00 26/12/2012
Maynie Thompson
ISLAND CHARACTER: Maynie Thompson is a well-known face on Waiheke.

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Ninety-three-year-old peace activist Maynie Thompson is a well-known Waiheke resident.

Her actions to promote peace and nuclear disarmament include meeting former prime minister Helen Clark in 1984 after she joined the Waiheke "Mum's Army" and completed a two month trek to Wellington to urge the government to go nuclear free.

The same year, she and Kara Nelson, both aged 65, travelled to Greenham Common, England to protest about the siting of cruise missiles at the US Air Force Base.

They lived in basic conditions alongside thousands of women at the peace camp, risking daily arrest. Then they protested in Geneva and Germany before returning home.

Two years later, aged 67, Maynie set off with her friend Anne Macfarlane on the 3701 mile Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament across the United States. The journey took eight-and-a-half months and ended with Maynie's "proudest moment" when she made a speech to thousands of supporters on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

In 1996 she was back in action with Kara. The pair joined the Women's Peace Flight to Tahiti to protest against the French government's resumed nuclear testing at Moruroa Atoll.

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