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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)

Volunteer Research

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)

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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 crews. 

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 things. 

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  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.

Email: or call 0800 884 881 extn RENA (7362)

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 here.

Oil and your health

For public health information go to


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.

Shoreline oiling categories >>

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For all other information regarding the response to the Rena cargo ship grounding, visit

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