May 1, 2019 October 3, 2018 albanystaff Leave a comment Courses, Special Offers. Because they were carrying Swiss passports, their true identities were discovered, along with the French government's responsibility. 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. In 1985 eight South Pacific countries, including New Zealand and Australia, signed a treaty declaring the region a nuclear-free zone. May 1, 2019 October 3, 2018 albanystaff Leave a comment Courses, Special Offers. 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. Note: The Rainbow Warrior lies in water deeper than 18m/60ft. 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The scandal resulted in the resignation of the French Defence Minister Charles Hernu, while the two agents pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to ten years in prison. The story of the Rainbow Warrior wreck will forever stand out from all others. 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. 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]. [14], Several agents, including Jean-Luc Kister, one of the bombers, had posed as tourists. Download it and make more creative edits for your free educational & non-commercial project. [9][10] While working for the Auckland office, Cabon secretly monitored communications from the Rainbow Warrior, collected maps, and investigated underwater equipment. Wreck of the Rainbow Warrior On 12 December 1987, two years after it was blown up in Auckland Harbour, the Rainbow Warrior was scuttled to become a dive site. The "breach of international law" aspect was referred to in all communications with the United Nations in order to dissuade any arguments from the French government that might imply justification for their act. We and our partners use cookies to personalize your experience, to show you ads based on your interests, and for measurement and analytics purposes. From NZD $180.00. Not all comments posted. [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. Sitting on the sand at 26m, the shallowest part is 14m. photos [36], Twenty years after the bombing, Television New Zealand (TVNZ) sought access to a video record made at the preliminary hearing in which the two French agents pleaded guilty. This site is produced by the History Group of the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Some of New Zealand’s famous sunken shipwrecks have become attractions for divers. The Waikato The first Leander class frigate built for the Navy, and the first to be purpose sunk, the Waikato has purpose cut holes, and is designed to be dived. [citation needed], France launched their own commission of enquiry headed by Bernard Tricot [fr] which declared the French government innocent of any involvement in the terrorist act, claiming that the arrested agents, who had not yet pleaded guilty, had merely been spying on Greenpeace. The Warrior is an one of the world's premier wreck dives, and truly is the 'Jewel of the North'. [35], A 20th anniversary memorial edition of the 1986 book Eyes of Fire: The Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior by New Zealand author David Robie – who was aboard the bombed ship – was published in July 2005. On 12 December, 1987, two years after it was blown up in Auckland Harbour, the Rainbow Warrior was scuttled to become a dive site. [11][34], On the twentieth anniversary of the sinking, it was revealed that Mitterrand had personally authorised the mission. Fernando Pereira’s family and New Zealand were also compensated. On 11 July 1985, news spread of dramatic explosions on the Auckland waterfront. France, being an ally of New Zealand, initially denied involvement and joined in condemning what it described as a terrorist act. However, the two agents had both returned to France by May 1988, after less than two years on the atoll. While the ship was initially evacuated, some of the crew returned to the ship to investigate and film the damage. Please allow a full day for this experience Hi Joshua, We love what we do and I'm glad you can tell! Home [2], Several political figures, including then New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange, have referred to the bombing as an act of terrorism[3] or state-sponsored terrorism. [citation needed] However, the crew did not react to the first explosion as the agents had expected. See also an image of the Rainbow Warrior just prior to sinking. The Rainbow Warrior was refloated for forensic examination. The Rainbow Warrior Wreck Dive Site near Waipapa, Kerikeri, Russell, Paihia, Kaikohe, Whangaruru & Kaitaia New Zealand. After the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior was ceremoniously sunk in a New Zealand bay in December 1987, Greenpeace invested part of the compensation package in a new flagship; the second Rainbow Warrior. The Rainbow Warrior was a former UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food trawler, later purchased by the environmental organisation Greenpeace. The sinking, and subsequent investigation, was the subject of several films, including The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy (1988) and The Rainbow Warrior (1993). At 23:45, the second bomb went off. [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. [7], Since being acquired by Greenpeace in 1977, Rainbow Warrior was 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. Divers will find themselves surrounded by schools of golden snapper, kingfish and john dory. Since early 1985, the ship was based in the southern Pacific Ocean, where its crew campaigned against nuclear testing. [citation needed], Once it was realised that the bombing was the action of the government of a friendly state, the New Zealand government stopped referring to it as a "terrorist act", instead calling it "a criminal attack in breach of the international law of state responsibility, committed on New Zealand sovereign territory". Pre-1840 contact, Holidays and events, The arts and entertainment, Disasters, Transport, Health and welfare, Decade studies, Sport, Crime and punishment, Immigration, Lifestyle, Places, … [Intro] e|---5---5-----5---5-7-7-----10-| B|-----5---8-8-----5-----8-----8--10-| G|---5-5-----7-4-----5----5-5-----7h9-----| D|----- He continued in the French Army and was promoted to colonel in 1993. The boat was sunk off Matauri Bay, quite close to the Cavalli Islands. 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"). A crew member died when French secret agents mined the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior in Waitematā Harbour, Auckland.. Bombed by French government saboteurs in Auckland harbour in July 1985, the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was later re-floated and scuttled off Matauri Bay. From 2 Dive Day Trip - Rainbow Warrior Wreck & Reef Dive . Bombed in Auckland Harbour by French Secret Service agents on July 10th 1985, the wreck was relocated off the Cavalli Islands two years later. Rainbow Warrior Wreck. 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