Rena oil spill volunteer hub
Rena volunteer programme report
A report on the Rena volunteer programme has been put together
as a resource for oil spill response agencies to assist with
setting up future volunteer programmes.
The Rena Volunteer
Programme (2.54MB, pdf)
Registered volunteeres were invited to take part in an online
survey in November and December about their Operation Beach Clean
experiences. Researchers Rebecca J. Sargisson, Sonya Hunt, Patricia
Hanlen, and Kelly Smith from the University of Waikato and
Heather Hamerton from Bay of Plenty Polytechnic have prepared
this report based on the responses they received.
Survey Report: Volunteering after the Rena
grounding (1.03MB, pdf)
When the Rena broke in two on 8 January we asked you all to be
on standby for further Operation Beach Clean events.
Thankfully, the amount of oil released was small, and it is being
cleaned up by contractors and the hard-working Adopt-a-Beach
Seven new Adopt-a-Beach groups formed in Waihī Beach and the
northern shores of Tauranga Harbour. It now seems pretty
unlikely that we will need to call on you again, although there is
still some oil (a few tens of tons) trapped on board the vessel
which may come ashore during rough weather and this could change
Cleaning up the container debris (rather than oil) is the
responsibility of contractor Braemar Howell, who have
sub-contracted 11 different hapū groups from Gisborne to Coromandel
to provide their on-shore labour force.
For the latest on the Rena, and the marine and shore-based
salvage operations, please go to www.maritimenz.govt.nz.
If you see new oil on the beaches please phone 0800 OIL SPILL so it
can be picked up. If you see container debris or oiled
wildlife phone 0800 333 771.
Join the Adopt-a-Beach programme to help people who care about
our beach as much as you do.
There are currently 120 volunteers in the Adopt-a-Beach
programme, spread over 11 local beaches. Contact us today to
join a group or form a new group.
Rena response and recovery
For more information about the Rena response and recovery, click
Oil and your health
For public health information go to www.toiteorapublichealth.govt.nz/rena_public
You can unsubscribe from the volunteer database at any
time. If you are no longer able to help and do not wish to
receive the updates, just let us know by responding to the email or
text you are sent. You can still keep up to date by visiting
We have added the latest shoreline assessment clean up map for
so you know what's going on, and a series of photos to explain what
the different shoreline oiling categories mean.
For all other information regarding the response to the
Rena cargo ship grounding, visit http://www.maritimenz.co.nz/Rena/public.asp
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