On­board the War­rior

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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.’’

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