Greenpeace NZ launched their new ship called Taitu today in Wellington. It’s a 15 metre ship that was purchased via crowdfunding. On April 1, 2017 a ceremony was held at Wharewaka Function Centre to bless the boat.
Stuff.co.nz had the following about the event
Lucy Lawless pours Feijoa bubbly on Taitu during the naming ceremony. Taitu has been named, blessed and had a first drink before it leaves Wellington to earn some rainbow coloured stripes. The 15-metre ship is the latest addition to Greenpeace's Kiwi fleet, purchased thanks to a crowd funding campaign that saw $100,000 raised in seven days.
A ceremony at the Wharewaka Function Centre on Saturday brought four corners of New Zealand to the boat's waterfront blessing.
Greenpeace New Zealand director Russel Norman said sand was brought from the country's east and west coasts, feijoa wine from the north and a bottle of pinot noir from the south.
"It represents four points of the compass," he said.