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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Rena 'ghost birds' appear in Auckland

Blog entry by Steve Abel | December 12, 2011

This morning 150 original ‘oil prints’ made with a little blue penguin killed by the Rena disaster appeared along Auckland’s Khyber Pass Road. The prints are accompanied by the message ‘Rena did this. Deep sea oil drilling could be...

Drilling through the lies

Blog entry by Simon Boxer | November 16, 2011

Brazil’s first taste of a deepwater oil drilling blowout this week has demonstrated one thing above all else – just like you can’t trust the nuclear industry neither can you trust the word of big oil. Petrobras, the Brazilian oil...

John Key fooling no one as petition clocks 100K

Blog entry by Steve Abel | November 11, 2011

The Prime Minister’s assertions that there is no relationship between the Rena oil spill and the risks of deep sea oil drilling clearly don’t wash with the public. Greenpeace launched a petition last year when the Government...

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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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