The Port of Auckland wants to erect a memorial to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Rainbow Warrior bombing.
The ship belonged to Greenpeace and was active in supporting a number of whaling, seal hunting, nuclear testing and nuclear waste dumping campaigns during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The Rainbow warrior was sunk whilst in Auckland harbour in New Zealand by spies from the French intelligence service (DGSE) on 10 July 1985, killing photographer Fernando Pereira.
The proposed memorial will be on Quay Street opposite Marsden wharf where the Rainbow Warrior was bombed.
It consists of a seat facing north and incorporates the bollard the Warrior’s bow line was moored to when she was sunk.
The Rainbow Warrior, then captained by Peter Willcox, was sabotaged and sunk just before midnight on 10 July 1985, by two explosive devices attached to the hull by operatives of the French intelligence service (DGSE).
One of the twelve people on board, photographer Fernando Pereira, returned to the ship after the first explosion to attempt to retrieve his equipment, and was killed when the ship was sunk by the second, larger explosion.