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Commemoration of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior on the twentieth anniversary 10 July 1985

News from Greenpeace - 17/06/05

New Zealand musicians band together for Rainbow Warrior Tribute

July 10, 2005 marks the twentieth anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland. In recognition, there will be a tribute concert and a service of commemoration. In addition a special recording of NZ band The Muttonbirds’ 'Anchor Me’ will be released on July 4, with proceeds to Greenpeace.

'Anchor Me'
The unprecedented recording features vocals from Goldenhorse’s Kirsten Morelle, Che Fu, Anika Moa, Pluto’s Milan Borich, Adeaze, Hinewehi Mohi and Nesian Mystik’s David Atai and Donald McNulty.

‘Anchor Me’ composer Don McGlashan said, “When Greenpeace asked to use ‘Anchor Me’ to mark twenty years since the Rainbow Warriors sinking, I was glad to help. Our country’s response to the bombing was brave and steadfast – and it succeeded on many levels. We still lead the world’s resistance to nuclear weapons, and that’s something to be very proud of.”

‘Anchor Me’, the Rainbow Warrior commemoration, is now being played on radio across New Zealand. A video for the song is in production and will be available from June 20. The single will be available in stores from July 4 . You can listen to it here http://www.greenpeace.gen.nz/am/stream.html

Commemoration - Matauri Bay July 10
A simple, inspiring and evocative ceremony will be held on the morning of July 10 in Matauri Bay. The current Rainbow Warrior will sail into the Bay accompanied by boats and crew from the peace flotilla. (The Rainbow Warrior ll has spent the last two weeks out on the high seas highlighting deep sea destruction.)


1985 15th July:
										Greenpeace ship <em>Rainbow Warrior</em> after French bombed her on July 10th in Auckland Harbour killing Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira. French secret service agents destroyed the <em>Rainbow Warrior</em> during campaign against French nuclear tests near Moruroa.
1985 15th July: Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior after French bombed her on July 10th in Auckland Harbour killing Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira. French secret service agents destroyed the Rainbow Warrior during campaign against French nuclear tests near Moruroa.
Photo ©Miller/Greenpeace
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The crew, former staff, current staff and invited dignitaries will be in the bay, where a Maori ceremony (Powhiri), speeches and prayers will take place in memory of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, which resulted in the killing of Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira.

We will have three divers take a wreath (a marble sculpture of a dove with the New Zealand version of an olive branch) down to the wreck. The divers include Peter Willcox the skipper of the Rainbow Warrior on the night she was bombed and back again this year to skipper the new Rainbow Warrior for the seamounts campaign. This will be the first time that Peter has dived the Rainbow Warriorsince she was sunk at Matauri Bay in December 1987.


31st March 2005: <em>Rainbow Warrior</em> in her final resting place 26 metres below the sea off the coast of Matauri Bay, Far North, New Zealand. The <em>Rainbow Warrior</em> has become an artificial reef and houses many species of marine life.
31st March 2005: Rainbow Warrior in her final resting place 26 metres below the sea off the coast of Matauri Bay, Far North, New Zealand. The Rainbow Warrior has become an artificial reef and houses many species of marine life.
Photo (c) Grace / Greenpeace
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Rainbow Warrior Tribute Concert
The John Butler Trio, Steriogram, D4, Che Fu, Don McGlashan, OpShop and Rhombus band together for the 20’th anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.


John Butler, lead of the John Butler Trio
John Butler, lead of the John Butler Trio
Photo (c) Kim Tonelli
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A tribute concert will be held on the day, not only to commemorate the tragic events of July 10, but also to celebrate New Zealand being nuclear free and to support the vision of a peaceful and environmentally sound planet which the Rainbow Warrior continues to work for and symbolise.

The gig will not only commemorate the tragic events of July 10 1985, but also celebrate New Zealand's nuclear free status and support the vision of a peaceful and environmentally sound planet. The event will include video projections of historic footage of the Rainbow Warrior on the giant screen at the St James.

"The Rainbow Warrior bombing happened not only to Greenpeace, but to New Zealand. 20 years later we remain nuclear free, and Greenpeace is as strong as ever. This is an opportunity to both commemorate the bombing, and to celebrate," said Cindy Baxter campaign manager.

The gig mirrors a Rainbow Warrior benefit concert performed in 1986 with Neil Young, Herbs, Split Enz and Dave Dobbyn.

"The Rainbow Warrior has always had a close association with music," says Baxter. "And this is a continuation of that good tradition with a whole new generation of artists 20 years after the bombing." All artists have given their time freely for the event, and proceeds will go to Greenpeace.

"The bombing of the Rainbow Warrior and death of Fernando Pereira failed to stop Greenpeace and New Zealand in our mission of stopping French testing in the pacific. Non-violent protest ultimately prevailed against France's arrogance and violence and that is very important to recall. Our nuclear free status is something all New Zealanders should be proud of," says Baxter.

Where: St James Theatre, Auckland
When: Doors open 6pm Sunday 10 July
How: Book tickets online at www.ticketdirect.co.nz

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