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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Greenpeace photographer Daniel Beltra wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year award

Blog entry by John Novis | October 21, 2011

Today, I have the honour of congratulating Greenpeace photographer Daniel Beltra on becoming the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year . Daniel made his winning picture for Greenpeace, of oil-soaked brown pelicans...

Elvis appears in Tauranga court today

Blog entry by Nick Young | October 19, 2011

As the shipwrecked Rena lies in the Bay of Plenty and its spilled oil washes ashore, Elvis Heremia Teddy is to appear in a Tauranga court today because he took a stand to protect his home coastline from oil spills. Ironically he’ll...

The teaspoon and the bucket

Blog entry by Steve Abel | October 18, 2011

Salvers of the Rena chillingly describe her as a “dying ship”. Bad weather will hit the Bay of Plenty again tonight and could cause the final break up of the vessel. Pumping of oil finally began again last night but a fractional 90...

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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."

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Maritime New Zealand website Tauranga Incident page


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