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Naming of new Greenpeace vessel Taitu

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/03/2017

Actress Lucy Lawless is expected to be at a naming ceremony in Wellington for Greenpeace's new protest vessel Taitu.

The environmental lobby group raised $100,000 via crowd funding to buy the 15m long Wellington pilot boat and has painted its famous rainbow logo on the hull.

It received more than 3000 suggestions for a name and held an online vote on a short list of three.

Taitu is a verb meaning to hinder, impede, deter, and thwart an enemy. As a name for a boat it references the sea (Tai) and Tu means standing, strength, warrior spirit.

Greenpeace executive director Dr Russel Norman and Lawless will be at a naming ceremony at 11am on Saturday near the Wharewaka Function Centre.

The vessel, which has its own social media addresses, will be used to confront the seismic surveying vessel the Amazon Warrior, which is currently in New Zealand.

Dr Norman has hinted the vessel will set off quite soon.

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