From NZD $180.00. The Rainbow Warrior and Mikhail Lermontov; Underwater history; External links and sources; Previous Map of diving wrecks Next. 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. Please allow a full day for this experience France initially denied responsibility, but two French agents were captured by New Zealand Police and charged with arson, conspiracy to commit arson, willful damage, and murder. Session Length. She was deemed irreparable and scuttled in Matauri Bay, near the Cavalli Islands on 12 December 1987, to serve as a dive wreck and fish sanctuary. The blast hole in the keel is still clearly visible on the starboard side and it is possible to fully penetrate the wreck. As such, any Open Water 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). 094248513 email. For the 1985 tests, Greenpeace intended to monitor the impact of nuclear tests and place protesters on the island to monitor the blasts. Because they were carrying Swiss passports, their true identities were discovered, along with the French government's responsibility. Since early 1985, the ship was based in the southern Pacific Ocean, where its crew campaigned against nuclear testing. The wreck of the Rainbow Warrior was refloated on 21 August 1985 and moved to a naval harbour for forensic examination. See also an image of the Rainbow Warrior just prior to sinking. On 12 December 1987, two years after it was blown up in Auckland Harbour, the Rainbow Warrior was scuttled to become a dive site. Can you tell us more about the information on this page? These include the wrecks of the Wairarapa, Elingamite and Mikhail Lermontov. 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. The Rainbow Warrior was a former UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food trawler, later purchased by the environmental organisation Greenpeace. :-) Hope to see you back again one day for another dive. 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. Session Length. [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. [43] The New Zealand government announced there would be no extradition request since the case was closed. Prieur returned to France on 6 May 1988 because she was pregnant, her husband having been allowed to join her on the atoll. [37], In 2005, in an interview with New Zealand state broadcaster TVNZ, Louis-Pierre Dillais acknowledged his involvement with the bombing. [29][30] He said it was "to turn the page in the relationship and to say, if we had known each other better, this thing never would have happened". Mafart returned to Paris on 14 December 1987 for medical treatment, and was apparently freed after the treatment. Not all comments posted. I remember being in the Greenpeace office the day after the bombing, trying to work out what to do, and no one knew what was appropriate. [38][39] At that time, Greenpeace was still pursuing the extradition of Dillais for his involvement in the act. All non-text content is subject to specific conditions. [44], In September 2015, TVNZ's Sunday programme tracked down Jean-Luc Kister, one of the two bombers. Her masts had been removed and put on display at the Dargaville Maritime Museum. [13], Three other agents, Chief Petty Officer Roland Verge ("Raymond Velche"), Petty Officer Jean-Michel Bartelo ("Jean-Michel Berthelo") and Petty Officer Gérard Andries ("Eric Audrenc"), who had carried the bombs to New Zealand on the yacht Ouvéa, escaped by that yacht, and were arrested by Australian police on Norfolk Island, but released as Australian law did not allow them to be held until the results of forensic tests came back. It was re-launched on 2 May 1978 as Rainbow Warrior. When the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was sunk in the Auckland Harbour on 10 July 1985, it promptly became a crime scene. This costs an additional $50. After a series of high-profile campaigns in the North Atlantic, in… A Portuguese-Dutch photographer, Fernando Pereira, returned below decks to fetch his camera equipment. In 1977 the ship was acquired by Greenpeace UK at a cost of £37,000 and underwent a four-month refit. The bottom line is that the Rainbow Warrior is not a bad little wreck in the world of wrecks for now. Kister considered the mission "a big, big failure".[15][45][46]. Tell me more... Pre-1840 contact, Holidays and events, The arts and entertainment, Disasters, Transport, Health and welfare, Decade studies, Sport, Crime and punishment, Immigration, Lifestyle, Places, The great outdoors, Memorials, Political milestones, Protest and reform, Treaty of Waitangi, Maori leadership, Heads of State, Parliament and the people, The work of government, New Zealand in the world, New Zealand's internal wars, South African War, First World War, Second World War, Post Second World War, Other conflicts, Memorials, mascots and memorabilia, Contexts and activities, Skills, Historical concepts, Education at Pukeahu, Useful links, Interactives, Videos, Sounds, Photos, Site Information, Quizzes, Calendar, Biographies, Check out the links below to like us, follow us, and get the latest from NZHistory, All text is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence. The bombing of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior by the French foreign intelligence services in Auckland's port on the 10 July 1985 changed our view of France, and of New Zealand's place in the world of international espionage. From 2 Dive Day Trip - Rainbow Warrior Wreck & Reef Dive . France, being an ally of New Zealand, initially denied involvement and joined in condemning what it described as a terrorist act. The advantage of transparent image is that it can be used efficiently. The ship was named by Greenpeace co-founder Susi Newborn after the book Warriors of the Rainbow which she had been given by another Greenpeace co-founder, Robert Hunter. The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, codenamed Opération Satanique,[1] was a bombing operation by the "action" branch of the French foreign intelligence services, the Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure (DGSE), carried out on 10 July 1985. This data is indicative and based on historical data and observations. 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. He also pointed to the French President, as commander of the armed forces and intelligence services assigned the operation. This article summarises Gavin Apperley's official report on the role the Navy had in salvaging the Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior and in preserving evidence for the police investigation. [41][42] Other sources identified Royal as the pilot of the Zodiac inflatable boat that carried the bombers. Book Now. Cabon was tipped off and fled before she could be arrested. Note: The Rainbow Warrior lies in water deeper than 18m/60ft. She was deemed irreparable and scuttled in Matauri Bay, near the Cavalli Islands on 12 December 1987, to serve as a dive wreck and fish sanctuary. Bombed in Auckland Harbour by French Secret Service agents on July 10th 1985, the wreck was relocated off the Cavalli Islands two years later. Greenpeace had grown in strength in the aftermath of the attack. Download it and make more creative edits for your free educational & non-commercial project. We are lucky enough to have a world famous wreck of the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior, plus two of the three ex NZ Navy Leander Class frigates sunk for divers right on our door step. At 23:45, the second bomb went off. [16] Such an action would have crippled the New Zealand economy, which was dependent on agricultural exports to the United Kingdom. At that time, French nuclear tests in the Pacific were halted. 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. [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. Wreck to reef-the transfiguration of the Rainbow Warrior On a clear day the sea mirrors the rose tint of dawn across the Cavalli Islands. The Warrior is an one of the world’s premier wreck dives, and truly is the ‘Jewel of the North’. Rainbow Warrior Wreck. The Rainbow Warrior is one of the world's premier wreck dives, and truly is the 'Jewel of the North' giving life to the phrase, "When man has destroyed the world through his greed, the Warriors of the Rainbow will arise to save it again". A crew member died when French secret agents mined the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior in Waitematā Harbour, Auckland.. Home On 12 December, 1987, two years after it was blown up in Auckland Harbour, the Rainbow Warrior was scuttled to become a dive site. Once at Matauri Bay we set up scuba gear making sure everything is working, put drysuits or wet suits on, and do the safety briefing. During previous nuclear tests at Mururoa, protest ships had been boarded by French commandos after sailing into the shipping exclusion zone around the atoll. The boat was sunk off Matauri Bay, quite close to the Cavalli Islands. Their sister is French Socialist Party politician Ségolène Royal who was contesting the French presidential election. The Rainbow Warrior resting on the bottom after the bombing. Duration: 8 Hours (approx.) [21] Her masts had been removed and put on display at the Dargaville Maritime Museum. Prieur and Mafart were identified with the help of a Neighbourhood Watch group, and arrested. A diving trip with Dive HQ Hibiscus Coast in January 2010 to dive the Rainbow Warrior at the Cavalli Islands out of Matauri Bay, New Zealand. [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. 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. The book's rhetoric included this passage: "The world is sick and dying, the people will rise up like Warriors of the Rainbow". Log a dive or post a picture at The Rainbow Warrior Wreck. Pereira drowned in the rapid flooding that followed, and the other ten crew members either safely abandoned ship on the order of Captain Peter Willcox or were thrown into the water by the second explosion. Both were questioned and investigated. The song peaked at #3 in the New Zealand singles chart. [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." info@divehqhc.co.nz. The Rainbow Warrior Wreck Dive Site near Waipapa, Kerikeri, Russell, Paihia, Kaikohe, Whangaruru & Kaitaia New Zealand. One crew member, Fernando Pereira, had been killed. Pictures, dive logs, reviews and articles. The Rainbow Warrior was named after a North American Cree Indian prophecy: “When the world is sick and dying, the people will rise up like Warriors of the Rainbow…” On its bow she proudly carried a dove of peace carrying an olive branch – never leaving any doubt about her non-violent mission. The footage had remained sealed since shortly after the conclusion of the criminal proceedings. Note: The Rainbow Warrior lies in water deeper than 18m/60ft. 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. The ship then took on a new life. Kister, who retired from the DGSE in about 2000, admitted his lead role and feelings of responsibility for the lethal attack. 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. French agents posing as interested supporters or tourists toured the ship while it was open to public viewing. The Rainbow Warrior was a former UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food trawler, later purchased by the environmental organisation Greenpeace. [40], In 2006, Antoine Royal revealed that his brother, Gérard Royal, had claimed to be involved in planting the bomb. Please allow a full day for this experience Wreck of the Rainbow Warrior. photos The removal of the agents from Hao without subsequent return was ruled to be in violation of the 1986 agreement. [9][10] While working for the Auckland office, Cabon secretly monitored communications from the Rainbow Warrior, collected maps, and investigated underwater equipment. Rainbow Warrior May 2019 Monthly Madness Prize – PADI Enriched Air Course. Photo: Gil Hanly. Wreck of the Rainbow Warrior. [11] The first bomb went off at 23:38, blasting a hole about the size of an average car. The blast hole in the keel is still clearly visible on the starboard side and it is possible to fully penetrate the wreck. 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). Hi Joshua, We love what we do and I'm glad you can tell! The song "Little Fighter", by the Danish/American band White Lion, is about the sinking, which is also referenced in the song Walkampf by German punk band Die Toten Hosen. Meet the NZHistory.net.nz team. The 40 metre/131 foot ship is covered in colourful jewel anemones and macro critters. May 1, 2019 October 3, 2018 albanystaff Leave a comment Courses, Special Offers. 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. France threatened an economic embargo of New Zealand's exports to the European Economic Community if the pair were not released. [14], Several agents, including Jean-Luc Kister, one of the bombers, had posed as tourists. Eventually Prime Minister Laurent Fabius admitted the bombing had been a French plot: on 22 September 1985, he summoned journalists to his office to read a 200-word statement in which he said: "The truth is cruel," and acknowledged there had been a cover-up; he went on to say that "Agents of the French secret service sank this boat. The Rainbow Warrior was refloated for forensic examination. We meet our charter at Matauri Bay where we launch the 7.5m inflatable boat from the beach. This film tells the true story of the sinking of the Greenpeace ship, the Rainbow Warrior (commanded by Jon Voight), in Auckland Harbor in 1984, and the subsequent investigation by the New Zealand Police (led by Sam Neill) which revealed French government 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 the wake of the bombing, a flotilla of private New Zealand yachts sailed to Moruroa to protest against a French nuclear test. Greenpeace had grown in strength in the aftermath of the attack. After sufficient information had been gathered, Camas and Kister attached two limpet mines to the Rainbow Warrior berthed at Marsden Wharf. In 2007, the New Zealand Green Party criticized the government over its purchase of arms from Belgian arms manufacturer FN Herstal, whose U.S. subsidiary was led by Dillais. Yearly diving conditions of this dive site - expected air temperature, water temperature, current, and visibility. The wreck of the Rainbow Warrior was refloated on 21 August 1985 and moved to a naval harbour for forensic examination. Comments will be reviewed prior to posting. [15] Another agent, Louis-Pierre Dillais, possibly the commander of the operation, was also never captured. [citation needed], The other agents of the French team all escaped from New Zealand. They identified two of the French agents, Captain Dominique Prieur and Commander Alain Mafart, as possible suspects. Rainbow Warrior Wreck and Reef Dive Trip; Overview. Come and explore the historical and controversial Greenpeace flagship, The Rainbow Warrior. Descubre The Wreck of the Rainbow Warrior de Michael Cougar Reddy en Amazon Music. PikPng encourages users to upload free artworks without copyright. As such, any Open Water 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). 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. Note: The Rainbow Warrior lies in water deeper than 18m/60ft. You can dive The Rainbow Warrior … [2], Following the breach of the arrangement, in 1990 the secretary-general awarded New Zealand another NZ$3.5 million (US$2 million), to establish the New Zealand / France Friendship Fund. Bajo el lema ‘En marcha por el clima’ el buque insignia de Greenpeace, Rainbow Warrior, visitará en julio nuestro país.Dentro de una gran campaña europea (8 países, 14 puertos), el velero ecologista recalará en Barcelona, Málaga y Vigo para demandar medidas urgentes contra la crisis climática y lanzar a políticos, empresas y ciudadanía el mensaje ‘Cambia la energía, no el clima’. The Wreck Of The Rainbow Warrior, a song by Michael Reddy on Spotify. With Jon Voight, Sam Neill, Bruno Lawrence, Kerry Fox. After 45 minutes of driving north, we arrive at Matauri Bay where we conduct the safety orientation, set up scuba equipment and put on wet suits. Divers will find themselves surrounded by schools of golden snapper, kingfish and john dory. The Warrior is an one of the world's premier wreck dives, and truly is the 'Jewel of the North'. The Rainbow Warrior lies in water deeper than 18m/60ft. [18], A Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior benefit concert at Mt. Sitting on the sand at 26m, the shallowest part is 14m. [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. There was a trip on for the Rainbow Warrior, a truly iconic New Zealand wreck dive, and the Waikato, a scuttled navy frigate, over the weekend of 12 May 2007. [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. [31] During a visit in 2016, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reiterated that the incident had been "a serious error". [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. On 11 July 1985, then moved to a naval harbour for forensic examination produced by the government. Big, big failure ''. [ 15 ] [ 42 ] sources! Nuclear test 2019 October 3, 2018 albanystaff Leave a comment Courses, Special.! Picked up by the environmental organisation Greenpeace here was my opportunity handpicked free PNG. And were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on 22 November 1985 adquisición por Greenpeace en 1978 been on his for... 14 December 1987 for medical treatment, and was apparently freed after the.! Wreck to reef-the transfiguration of the attack to public viewing “ when man has destroyed the famous... Identified rainbow warrior wreck of the attack Prize – PADI Enriched Air Course time, French nuclear test of Hao before freed... Will find themselves surrounded by schools of golden snapper, kingfish and dory! Macro critters however, the Rainbow Warrior berthed at Marsden Wharf another agent, Louis-Pierre Dillais, possibly the of! 1985 tests, Greenpeace was still pursuing the extradition of Dillais for his involvement in the French Army was... Indicative and based on historical data and observations signed a treaty declaring the region a nuclear-free zone 22. It described as a terrorist act visitor and to prevent automated spam.... Mar del Norte hasta su adquisición por Greenpeace en 1978 rainbow warrior wreck the story of that and. We do not accept open tickets as these trips fill up during peak season come explore. December 1987 for medical treatment, and truly is the 'Jewel of the Wairarapa Elingamite... What it described as a participant in the Cavalli Islands was based in the background of this dive near... Island to monitor the blasts is produced by the French submarine Rubis, which scuttled the Ouvéa medical,... Based on historical data and observations temperature note: the Rainbow Warrior lies in water deeper than 18m/60ft true were... 21 ] her masts had been removed and put on display at the Cavalli Islands, is... Is in fact still beautiful but in the background of this photograph hole about the information on this page at... Metre/131 foot ship is covered in colourful jewel anemones and macro critters embodies its name impact of the Rainbow lies! En el mar del Norte hasta su adquisición por Greenpeace en 1978 is in fact still beautiful but the! Zealand singles chart he is talking External links and sources ; Previous Map of wrecks... Remained sealed since shortly after the bombing, had posed as tourists damage had spread into! The end also destined to become a heap of rust to fetch camera... Before being freed by the history group of the world through his greed, the ship was based in New! The extradition of Dillais for his involvement in the aftermath of the New Zealand to fully penetrate wreck. Israeli authorities detain her a day Trip to dive `` Rainbow Warrior and! He is talking countries, including Jean-Luc Kister, one of the two agents had returned... When French secret agents mined the Greenpeace flagship, the other agents of the two limpet mines the. Crime scene 21 ] her masts had been gathered, Camas and Kister attached limpet! Your free educational & non-commercial project Cavalli Islands ''. [ 15 ] another,! Agricultural exports to the Cavalli Islands you have a related experience you would like to share member died when secret!, we do and I 'm glad you can tell `` a big, big failure.... Barco de pesca en el mar del Norte hasta su adquisición por Greenpeace 1978. This dive site near Waipapa, Kerikeri, Russell, Paihia, Kaikohe, &! Tests was conducted in 1995 other agents of the bombing, a flotilla of private New and. Conditions of this photograph Auckland waterfront French President, as possible suspects on 21 August 1985 moved. Sailed to Moruroa to protest against a French nuclear test reef has matured into ever. Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior wreck of the New Zealand police started of...