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Rainbow Warrior bombing

The Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace protest ship, was moored in Auckland in 1985 when two bombs ripped through it. The ship's photographer died retrieving his camera.

Two French government agents were caught and imprisoned for manslaughter. The bombing was intended to stop the Rainbow Warrior protesting against French nuclear testing at Moruroa atoll.

The attack galvanised the anti-nuclear movement in New Zealand, and New Zealand–French relations soured. France wanted its agents back and threatened to block New Zealand's access to European markets. The agents were transferred to Hao atoll, where they served reduced sentences before returning home.

Read more about the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior

Watch a documentary about the Rainbow Warrior, the aftermath and memorial

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