Pollution is where a contaminant, which can affect the environment or residents in the area, is being discharged into water. It also includes activities which will/are altering the natural environment such as draining wetlands and diverting streams or rivers.
Throughout the region Bay of Plenty Regional Council, in partnership with Maritime New Zealand and the Port of Tauranga Ltd, is responsible for marine oil pollution training, response, mitigation and clean up to a Tier II level.
Maritime New Zealand conducted a risk assessment survey throughout New Zealand in 1993. As a result of this, various items of oil pollution response equipment were purchased and distributed throughout the ports of New Zealand. The Regional On-Scene Commander is the person who manages the response and clean-up operation, looks after, maintains and uses the equipment Maritime New Zealand issued Bay of Plenty Regional.
Areas requiring special protection have been identified. These may include endangered wildlife, cultural considerations or places of natural beauty or public amenity.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council is also responsible for all the local training and exercises and, with the Port of Tauranga, local harbour contractors maintain the oil spill equipment and administer a pool of labour trained for any form of marine oil pollution response.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council will attend complaints about unauthorised activities that are polluting the environment. If any marine pollution or hazard to navigation is observed it should be reported immediately by phoning the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's 24-hour Pollution Hotline 0800 884 883
Review of the Tier Two Oil Spill Plan
We are currently reviewing our Tier Two Oil Spill Plan and are inviting public to provide feedback on our proposed changes.
Community meetings, open for all to join, are being held from 6-8pm on the following dates:
Tuesday 14 May - Whakaue (Maketū) Marae
Tuesday 21 May - Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club
Wednesday 22 May - Whakatāne Surf Lifesaving Club
You can also provide feedback on the plan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May 2013.
If you'd like more information download a copy of the Regional Tier Two Oil Spill Plan fact sheet. (368KB, pdf)
Identification of Sensitive Sites
Maps of the individual sensitive sites that have been listed in the Draft Regional Tier Two Oil Spill Plan are available upon request. The index map below gives an overview of where each sensitive site is. You can also download a high res version of the Draft Regional Tier Two Oil Spill Plan Sensitive Sites.
If you would like to receive a copy of a map for a specific site, please email or call us and let us know the number of the map you would like to view.
Submissions on the sensitive sites can be made via email to email@example.com or in attendance at one of the public meetings before 21 May 2013.
If you have any questions relating to the review of the plan, you can email us or give us a call on 0800 884 880.