They were acting on orders."[17]. The Wreck Of The Rainbow Warrior, a song by Michael Reddy on Spotify. Then the Rainbow Warrior was sunk, by two limpet mines, and a deep silence fell over the nation as the freshly painted vessel rested on the floor of Auckland harbour. El Rainbow Warrior (1957) o en español "Guerrero del Arcoíris" , frecuentemente llamado de forma no oficial Rainbow Warrior II, es una goleta con motor auxiliar fabricada en 1957 y adquirida por la organización ecologísta Greenpeace en 1989. From the beach, you’ll have plenty of fun launching our 7.5m inflatable boat, bringing you to the Rainbow Warrior wreck after a short but sweet 8-minute ride. In 1977 the ship was acquired by Greenpeace UK at a cost of £37,000 and underwent a four-month refit. A day trip to dive the world famous Greenpeace ship, The Rainbow Warrior and a reef site in the Cavalli islands. Can you tell us more about the information on this page? May 1, 2019 October 3, 2018 albanystaff Leave a comment Courses, Special Offers. [27], In June 1986, in a political deal with Prime Minister of New Zealand David Lange, presided over by United Nations Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, France agreed to pay NZ$13 million (US$6.5 million) to New Zealand and apologise, in return for which Alain Mafart and Dominique Prieur would be detained at the French military base on Hao Atoll for three years. [opinion] The French embassy in Wellington denied involvement, stating that "the French Government does not deal with its opponents in such ways". Come and explore the historical and controversial Greenpeace flagship, The Rainbow Warrior. [32], In 2005, French newspaper Le Monde released a report from 1986 which said that Admiral Pierre Lacoste, head of DGSE at the time, had "personally obtained approval to sink the ship from the late president François Mitterrand." We meet our charter at Matauri Bay where we launch the 7.5m inflatable boat from the beach. The story of the Rainbow Warrior wreck will forever stand out from all others. In 1985 eight South Pacific countries, including New Zealand and Australia, signed a treaty declaring the region a nuclear-free zone. This site is produced by the History Group of the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Smart Stadium, Auckland, on 5 April 1986 included performances by Herbs, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Topp Twins, Dave Dobbyn and a Split Enz reunion.[19][20]. All non-text content is subject to specific conditions. This is the story of that salvage and how the many problems encountered were overcome. Dive The Rainbow Warrior & HMNZS Canterbury Paihia Dive is the Bay of Islands best little dive shop in Northland, offer dive trips to the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior, the Canterbury wreck and scenic reef dive sites in the Bay of Islands along with dive training all under the one roof. Fernando Pereira’s family and New Zealand were also compensated. After the bombing Greenpeace gifted the Warrior to the sea and she now lies as an artificial reef in the Cavallii Islands, a refuge for the marine life she was sunk trying to protect. Log a dive or post a picture at The Rainbow Warrior Wreck. Because they were carrying Swiss passports, their true identities were discovered, along with the French government's responsibility. After relocating 300 Marshall Islanders from Rongelap Atoll, which had been polluted by radioactivity by past American nuclear tests, it travelled to New Zealand to lead a flotilla of yachts protesting against French nuclear testing at the Mururoa Atoll.[8]. [40], In 2006, Antoine Royal revealed that his brother, Gérard Royal, had claimed to be involved in planting the bomb. [25], The failure of Western leaders to condemn a violation of a friendly nation's sovereignty caused a great deal of change in New Zealand's foreign and defence policy. As such, any divers who wish to dive the wreck must do so in conjunction with a PADI Deep Adventure Dive (which will contribute to their Advanced Open Water certification). Operation Satanic was a public relations disaster. Bombed by French secret service agents while moored safely in Auckland Harbour, it sank quickly while photographer Fernando Pereira died from the second bomb explosion. As such, any divers who wish to dive the wreck must do so in conjunction with a PADI Deep Adventure Dive (which will contribute to their Advanced Open Water certification). Book Now. Diving conditions and the best time to dive "Rainbow Warrior Wreck @Cavalli Islands". :-) Hope to see you back again one day for another dive. Pre-1840 contact, Holidays and events, The arts and entertainment, Disasters, Transport, Health and welfare, Decade studies, Sport, Crime and punishment, Immigration, Lifestyle, Places, … In Auckland harbor in New Zealand, Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior sinks after French agents in diving gear plant a bomb on the hull of the vessel. The Rainbow Warrior was Greenpeace’s flagship.On its way to protest France’s nuclear testing on the Mururoa Atoll when it was sunk by French saboteurs on July 10, 1985, in Auckland Harbour. Prieur returned to France on 6 May 1988 because she was pregnant, her husband having been allowed to join her on the atoll. France threatened an economic embargo of New Zealand's exports to the European Economic Community if the pair were not released. Wreck of the Rainbow Warrior. A Portuguese-Dutch photographer, Fernando Pereira, returned below decks to fetch his camera equipment. France, being an ally of New Zealand, initially denied involvement and joined in condemning what it described as a terrorist act. Wreck Diving with Dive Now Whangarei. [24] Although France had formally apologised to the New Zealand Government in 1986,[28] during a visit in April 1991 French Prime Minister Michel Rocard delivered a personal apology. Two more agents, Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart, posing as the newlywed couple "Sophie and Alain Turenge", picked up the mines and delivered them to the bombing team, consisting of the divers Jean Camas ("Jacques Camurier") and Jean-Luc Kister ("Alain Tonel"). f008323: the slow growing blanket of life has been damaged on this railing, and the hydroid firs cannot keep up with the speed at which the peeling rust removes them. May 1, 2019 October 3, 2018 albanystaff Leave a comment Courses, Special Offers. [23][24] It also paid compensation to the Pereira family, reimbursing his life insurance company for 30,000 guilders and making reparation payments of 650,000 francs to Pereira's wife, 1.5 million francs to his two children, and 75,000 francs to each of his parents. The Rainbow Warrior was refloated for forensic examination. But the impact of the two limpet mines was immense, shock blast and shrapnel damage had spread far into the ship. The Friendship Fund has provided contributions to a number of charity and public purposes. Bay of Islands Day Trip Snorkelling or Passenger. When The Times and Le Monde contradicted these findings by claiming that President Mitterrand had approved the bombing, Defence Minister Charles Hernu resigned and the head of the DGSE, Admiral Pierre Lacoste, was fired. The Rainbow Warrior lies in water deeper than 18m/60ft. We and our partners use cookies to personalize your experience, to show you ads based on your interests, and for measurement and analytics purposes. Rainbow Warrior was a Greenpeace boat active in supporting a number of anti-whaling, anti-seal hunting, anti-nuclear testing and anti-nuclear waste dumping campaigns during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Please contact Paihia Dive to check availablity, we do not accept open tickets as these trips fill up during peak season. The wreck drawing attached here is of a much more complete Rainbow Warrior of days past and nowadays most of the upper cabin area is now gone, along with the masts. 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