Onboard the Warrior
The new Rainbow Warrior is coming to Auckland and lowering her gangplank for free tours onboard.
The state-of-the-art sailing ship will be docked at Princes Wharf, opposite the Maritime Museum, on January 12 and 13 so people of all ages can explore one of the most environmentally-friendly modern ships ever made.
Greenpeace crew will be on deck to show people around, and there will be face painting and other surprises for the kids.
‘‘Many Kiwis donated to the building of the new Rainbow Warrior so it’s great to be able to show people what they made possible and give them a really fun family day out,’’ says Bunny McDiarmid, executive director of Greenpeace New Zealand.
At nearly 58 metres long, the innovative new Rainbow Warrior can sleep 32 people and cut through waves at 15 knots.
The ship was made from donations given worldwide, including more than $300,000 from New Zealanders to fund the Rapid Response room, where activists and divers get ready to board inflatables to investigate, document or take action against environmental ills.
‘‘The Rainbow Warrior has been the heart and soul of Greenpeace global campaigning for over 30 years.
‘‘She’s been raided, rammed, shot at and bombed but the spirit of the Rainbow Warrior is as strong as ever.’’
New Zealanders have a connection to the Rainbow Warrior not only because of her namesake’s past, but also of what she represents for our future, Ms McDiarmid says.
‘‘This ship is the embodiment of the direction we need to move in. Her design is innovative, intelligent and stylish. She maximises efficiency and minimises pollution of our environment. The Rainbow Warrior will be continuing to do the same thing but in a smarter, brand spanking cleaner way.’’