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Rena grounding - Latest news and important messages

All of the latest media releases are up on the Maritime New Zealand website.   View the latest media release (2.30pm).

For more information and updates go to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council website

For Public Health advice visit the Toi Te Ora Public health website.

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Important message for people living in the Bay of Plenty #4 (303kb pdf)

Important message for people living in the Bay of Plenty #3 (300kb pdf)

Important message for people living in the Bay of Plenty #2 (400kb pdf)

Important message for people living in the Bay of Plenty #1 (118kb pdf)

How you can help

Instructions for volunteer cleanup response (798kb pdf)

Information handout  (388 kb pdf) provided by Bay of Plenty Regional Council based on information from Maritime New Zealand.

How you can make a donation to the Bay of Plenty Care For Our Coast Fund

A fund is being established to help community groups care for Bay of Plenty’s coast and estuaries, following the grounding of the ship Rena.

You can make a donation over the counter at any National Bank or ANZ branch or via internet banking to:

  • National Bank: Account number: 06-0489-0094734-50
  • ANZ: Account number: 01-1839-0256313-00

Details of how donations can be made and how the Fund will operate will soon be on the Councils’ websites. The Fund will benefit the islands, including Motiti, as well as the mainland.

View full Media Release

Important Information:

Beach access has been restricted to those persons who are part of the MNZ oil spill response.

Volunteers who want to assist in cleaning up oil off the beaches following the stranding of the MV Rena are urged to register their names so teams can be organised.  So far the Maritime NZ response team has had 1500 people register. 

Please make sure that you do not touch or try to clean the oil up.

The exclusion zone around the ship has been extended. The new area runs from Mount Manganui to Matata and extends out beyond Motiti to Astrolabe Reef to ensure that all vessels avoid areas affected by oil and containers. This is approximately 20 kilometres off shore. The situation is expected to continue for some time and the exclusion zone is being monitored. Anyone found breaching the exclusion zone could be fined.

Published: Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 15:00 by Tauranga City Council