Rainbow Warrior Open Day

Words by Angela Bevan

Our modern collective concern for the environment is one that has become second nature, but it’s not so long since environmental activism was a mission that only a few chose to accept. Greenpeace, of course, were always our leaders and The Rainbow Warrior a strong symbol of the fight.

The ship allowed Greenpeace to take direct action in issues such as seal hunting, whaling and nuclear weapons testing during the late 1970s and early 1980s. But The Rainbow Warrior was sunk whilst in-harbour in New Zealand by operatives of the French intelligence service on 10 July 1985, killing one of the activists.

The Rainbow Warrior III is one of the most environmentally friendly ships ever made and will be on display for the public to visit and tour this month. There will be crew on hand to show you through and kid-friendly activities on site; a special chance to engage with “an icon of non-violent direct action and a beacon of hope for millions of people around the world.”

Saturday 12 January – Sunday 13 January
Princes Wharf, Auckland
Register at www.rainbow-warrior.org.nz for more information.

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