The Rainbow Warrior bombing in Auckland Harbour on July 10 1985 brought state-sanctioned terrorism by the French Government to downtown Auckland. Greenpeace photographer and crew member Fernando Pereira drowned when two limpet bombs planted by French agents were detonated close together. The ship had been readying to sail to Moruroa to peacefully protest continued French nuclear testing there. Only two French DGSE agents were ever charged in relation to the bombing, but both were released early as part of a controversial deal between France and New Zealand, to Prime Minister David Lange’s later regret.
In this blog, three of our collections staff take a look at objects in the collection and reflect on their connection with the bombing.
Header image: Anti-nuclear march on Auckland's Queen Street. Gil Hanly. AWMM. PH-2015-2.
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