Rena Disaster News
An endangered population of shore birds appears to have recovered well from an oil spill caused by a container ship off the coast of Tauranga.
The first of two open days aimed at providing information about what the Rena's insurer plans to do with the wreck has been held in the Bay of Plenty.
The insurer for the container ship Rena is proposing to leave the rest of the wreck on a reef off Tauranga where it grounded in 2011.
Tauranga Moana a Toi iwi leaders group chair Te Awanui Black says Maori in coastal parts of Bay of Plenty are running out of patience about not having full access to kaimoana, due to the Rena disaster.
A resident of Matakana Island says lessons should be learnt from the container ship Rena running aground on a reef off the coast of Tauranga, more than a year ago.
Tourism operators in Bay of Plenty are cautiously optimistic that business is back to normal after the Rena ran aground more than a year ago.
A Bay of Plenty iwi representative is being sought to sit on a committee that will distribute a $1 million donation given to the community from the firm that chartered of the container ship Rena.
Opposition parties are questioning the Government's appointment of the former head of its spy agency to review the official response to the Rena disaster.
Scientists monitoring the effects on the environment of the Rena disaster say there are higher levels of metals such as copper, zinc and aluminium close to the wreck off Tauranga.
Professor Chris Battershill from the University of Waikato says attention needs to be turned to the Astrolabe reef on which the Rena grounded last year.
The company that owns the wrecked container ship Rena has been fined $300,000 for discharging harmful substances into the sea.
Oil and debris is still being cleaned from the coast of Tauranga a year after the Rena ran aground.
The company that owns the Rena has had its next court appearance adjourned to the end of October.
A 15-tonne digger lost at sea 10 years ago has been located by sonar scans from ships searching for containers from the Rena. It is about 1.5km off the coast.
Braemar Salvage says the main beaches around Tauranga are in good condition for summer season following operations to clear them of debris from the Rena.
The master salvor working on the bow section of the Rena says the salvage and wreck removal of the container ship is one of the most expensive in the world.
Salvors working on the Rena say pirates stole some equipment en route to New Zealand, that would have been used in the operation to reduce the ship's bow.
Bay of Plenty iwi are demanding the wrecked container ship Rena be removed from the reef off Tauranga.