Rena Disaster News

Captured dotterels doing well after Rena spill

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.

Open day held to discuss Rena wreck

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.

Rena insurer proposing to leave wreck on reef

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. (AUDIO)

Concern about access to kaimoana after Rena

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.

Lessons need to be learned from Rena incident

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.

Bay tourism looking to better summer

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. (AUDIO)

Iwi representative sought for $1m Rena clean-up fund

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.

Former spy agency head to conduct Rena review

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. (AUDIO)

Contaminants found near Rena wreck

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. (AUDIO)

Attention to Astrolabe reef urged

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.

Rena's owners fined $300,000 for harmful discharge

The company that owns the wrecked container ship Rena has been fined $300,000 for discharging harmful substances into the sea. (AUDIO)

Rena debris still about

Oil and debris is still being cleaned from the coast of Tauranga a year after the Rena ran aground. (AUDIO)

Court date for Rena owner adjourned

The company that owns the Rena has had its next court appearance adjourned to the end of October.

Lost digger found by Rena scans

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.

Beaches in good condition for summer

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.

Master salvor says Rena recovery a costly exercise

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.

Equipment intended for salvage stolen by pirates

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.

Iwi want Rena wreck removed

Bay of Plenty iwi are demanding the wrecked container ship Rena be removed from the reef off Tauranga.