The Rena oil spill is an environmental catastrophe. The effects on the local environment, community and economy will be felt for a long time. It has shown how impossible it is to deal with an oil spill and should be clear evidence for the New Zealand Government that its plans to open NZ waters to deep sea oil drilling should be dropped.

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The financial risks of Arctic drilling

Blog entry by Charlie Kronick - Greenpeace UK | April 13, 2012

For the past couple of years, Greenpeace has been ringing the bell , taking action and highlighting the risks and dangers of drilling for oil in the Arctic, the last great wilderness on Earth, and one of the most fragile...

Deep-sea oil still a thousand times worse

Blog entry by Nick Young | April 5, 2012

We made a mistake.  The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld in part a complaint against Greenpeace New Zealand for our oiled-penguin advert which ran on TV3 and Prime TV in recent months. The nub of the issue is that...

Exposing oil exploitation in the Russian Arctic - #savethearctic

Blog entry by JulietteH | March 29, 2012

The Arctic Council is meeting in Stockholm today, and government representatives will discuss the sustainability – or not - of Arctic oil. We received this video yesterday from our colleagues in Russia who have just returned from...

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What can I do?

Click here to see what you can do to help, and what Greenpeace is doing.

A public health warning has been issued and people are advised to avoid skin contact with the oil, water and shoreline until further notice. "No shellfish and fin fish should be eaten from waters with visible oil contamination."

To join the BOP Regional Council clean-up operation visit:

For more general information visit:

Maritime New Zealand website Tauranga Incident page


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