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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Police protect US oil giant Anadarko's survey vessel in Port Taranaki

Blog entry by Nick Young | October 17, 2011

This morning, a team of Greenpeace activists were met by an overwhelming police presence at the Port of Taranaki. Early this morning the Polarcus Alima - a survey vessel chartered by the US oil giant Anadarko - slipped in to the...

No drill - No spill

Blog entry by Dean Baigent-Mercer | October 17, 2011

‘Where has the oil gone?’ we asked ourselves. First it was coating the beaches, rocky shorelines, birds and seals then the rest in the sea disappeared. There was little official information we could get and media reports suggested it...

The oil is less obvious but the problem is spreading

Blog entry by Dean Baigent-Mercer | October 16, 2011

The sun rose to lesser amounts of oil on the beaches of Tauranga. Even so, its removal was essential because it’s toxic and harmful to a range of wildlife and human health. The sunny day enticed hundreds of people out to help...

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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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