[above – Rainbow Warrior sunk 10/7/1985, not forgotten at Dargeville Museum] to We left Bayly’s Beach without too much time to look round. Our impressions were that it was a sleepy beach village and welcome retreat for Aucklanders with second homes (known as ‘baches’) and set off on a long drive past Auckland to Tairua on the Coromandel peninsular. On the way we stopped in at the Dargaville Museum. What you might call an eclectic collection of artefacts from Dargaville’s time as a kauri logging and gum production port. There’s a high population of Croations here that came over to dig gum (resin from the Kauri tree that found it’s way into the river bed) know as Northlan Gold. Also quite a few artefacts from the ‘Rainbow Warrior’ that was blown up by the French intelligence services in 1985 to thwart it’s attempts to sabbotage French nuclear testing in the Polynesian Islands.

 

On 10 July 1985 two divers from the French intelligence services sank the flagship of the Greenpeace fleet, the Rainbow Warrior in the port of Auckland, New Zealand on its way to a protest against a planned French nuclear test in Moruroa. Fernando Pereira, a photographer, drowned on the sinking ship.