Rainbow warrior resources available in the Memorial Library. Christchurch City Libraries. Greenpeace - The Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior. 10 July 1985.
The Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior is moored in Auckland, New Zealand – ready to confront French nuclear testing in the Moruroa Atoll. It’s close to midnight. The captain, Pete Willcox, and many other crew members are already asleep. A few others, including the photographer Fernando Pereira, are still chatting around the mess-room table, sharing between them the last two bottles of beer. Suddenly, the lights go out. NZ History. In 1985 New Zealand was basking in its position as leader of the anti-nuclear movement.
As a country it had clearly punched above its weight. Then, just before midnight on the evening of 10 July, two explosions ripped through the hull of the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior, which was moored at Marsden Wharf in Auckland. A Portuguese crew member, Fernando Pereira, was killed in the explosions. The Rainbow Warrior had been involved in protests over French nuclear testing in the Pacific. French Secret Service (DGSE) agents were sent to prevent it leaving for another protest campaign at Mururoa Atoll.
When a Warrior Dies. Te Ara. Terrorism is the use or threat of violence for political aims.
The term is generally used in relation to organisations, but sometimes refers to the actions of individuals or of states. 19th-century concerns about terrorism. Sunday: The Rainbow Warrior - Part 1. 1985 - Peter Willcox on the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior.