Community Response to Tauranga Oil Spill.

(Published on 19th November 2011)

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council  has had an overwhelming response from volunteers offering to assist with the clean-up of local beaches following the grounding of the Rena on the Astrolabe Reef. The council has set up a dedicated webpage to help direct volunteers who wish to get involoved with 'Operation Beach Clean.' The site contains a wealth of information including contact numbers, an interactive community map and pointers for volunteers... website>

NZ Landcare Trust Regional Coordinator Kate Akers has been managing logistics for the Wildlife Response Centre for Maritime New Zealand in Mt Maunganui. At the time of writing 253 birds are being treated or in care. In addition 1,290 birds have been found dead along with 4 mammals.

There are 140 people in 39 teams in the field working on the wildlife response. The teams have been working on beaches from Mount Maunganui to Maketu spit and on MōtÄ«tÄ« Island. They have compiled information on species encountered and numbers involved. They have also been conducting night operations to recover little blue penguins. 

Of particular concern is the Dotterel. There are only 1,500 of these rare birds in existence and 46 are in captivity at the centre. It is hoped that 60 birds can be caught to ensure the sustainability of the local population.

More information can be found about the Wildlife Response Centre and the recovery work they are undertaking... here> 

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