Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Rena Recovery Newsletter Issue 6

Rena Recovery Newsletter Issue 6
Students head to the beach to help with monitoring programme

This month the team from Te Mauri Moana have been out and about getting into the next round of environmental sampling. Read about some of the work underway and meet the people behind the scenes making the research happen. An oil update explains what we are likely to expect over the summer season, and find out where to get information on the options that are being considered for the remainder of the wreck.
Download a print friendly version here

The people behind the research
Caine Taiapa is leading the research into the impacts on kaimoana in Tauranga Harbour.

Caine is a local man who is passionate about the ocean environment and supporting the aspirations of his hapū Ngāti Taka.
“My whole reason for getting into science research was to be able to do what I am doing now, building capacity for our region and our iwi and helping the next generation.”
Following the grounding of the Rena, Caine has been pivotal in developing a research programme that investigates the impact of the Rena oil spill within the harbour. Caine has been able to build on his existing research with Manaki Taha Moana to monitor changes in the environment.
Research began this August, with a sample collection of 16 sites, focusing on Pipi and Tuangi (Cockles). His team are also looking for impacts on the food chain which includes small harbour sea snails. Samples are tested for PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) and metals including lead, copper, zinc and arsenic.
Click here to read the full article

High school students get involved with Rena sampling
The next round of sampling is now underway, and local students have been helping out getting hands on experience with the research project.

Students from Te Whare Kura o Mauao joined the Rena Recovery monitoring team to sample kaimoana and shoreline species down at Ōmanu beach on Friday 26 October.

The students were part of a two day “Wananga Putaiao – environmental science learning camp” with Te Runanga o Ngai Te Rangi Iwi and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.

The aim of the programme is to encourage tamariki to be Maori scientists, incorporating matauranga Māori and western science concepts for the future. And while they were there, the students got to experience how science can be fun and earn NCEA credits required for entry into science based tertiary education.

Te Puea Dempsy, Rena Recovery researcher said this was an awesome opportunity to get the kids involved in “real life” sampling that could be of benefit in the future.

Scholarships awarded for Rena research
15 recipients acknowledged

Fifteen Rena scholarship recipients were acknowledged this month at the opening of the University of Waikato Coastal Marine Field Station's extended premises in Tauranga.
The student scholarships include one PHD, seven Masters of Science and seven summer school internships.

Professor Chris Battershill, Waikato University Chair of Coastal Science, said that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for these students.

"At this time in their studies, this is a brilliant opportunity for them to be a part of such an extensive, comprehensive research project. Their help is greatly appreciated and they will add huge value to what we can achieve," he said.

The 15 students will be based at the Sulphur Point Marine Station, although some will also spend time at the University's Hamilton campus. Their research will focus on a range of areas within the monitoring programme from ecotoxicology to microbiology.


Oil spots expected to resurface
Advice about oil on beaches

Rena Recovery continues to monitor the presence of oil spots along the Bay of Plenty coastline. It is important to remember that small amounts of residual oil may occasionally resurface and be found on previously affected beaches.

There have been some reports of weathered oil washing ashore of a small nugget size and there have also been small particles of oil found in the sand. Remember to check your feet when you leave the beach to avoid staining floors.

If you come across oil, particularly any large clumps, call the Pollution Hotline on 0800 884 883.


Options for the wreck
Send in your feedback

The Rena owners and insurers are looking for feedback from the community on options for dealing with the remainder of the wreck.

They would like the public to consider three options of either removing the wreck, leaving the wreck or working to remove or contain any remaining hazardous contents and make it safe.
Any proposal for leaving the wreck would require resource consent from Bay of Plenty Regional Council. To find out more about the proposals visit www.renaproject.co.nz or call 0800 547 362.

Bay of Plenty Regional CouncilDepartment of ConservationMaketu Taiāpure
Maritime New ZealandMinistry for Primary Industries Ministry for the Environment
Ministry of TransportNgati MakinoOpotiki District CouncilTauranga City Council
Te Moana A ToiToi Te Ora Public Health ServiceUniversity of Waikato
Waikato Regional CouncilWestern Bay of Plenty District Council
Whakatane District Council


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Alison McCulloch: Lest We Remember

Local iwi have plans to spruce up the Te Ranga site as part of the 150th commemorations this year of key battles in the “New Zealand Wars”, but not a lot of money to do it with.

Information gathered from numerous government agencies shows that while more than $25 million is being spent on monuments and commemorations relating to foreign wars, primarily World War I and its centenary, only around $250,000 has been set aside for those fought on our own soil. More>>

Anne Russell: Anzac Day - Identity Politics, With Guns

Even cursory research into media reports from the past forty years reveals a cultural shift in the commemoration of Anzac Day. Among other things, turnout at Dawn services has increased significantly in recent decades.

Contemporary numbers are estimated at 3,000-4,000 in Wellington, and 10,000-15,000 in Auckland. Newspaper reports from the 1970s and 80s estimated Wellington turnouts at 300-800, and Auckland at anywhere from 600 to 4,000. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Spookwatch: New Inspector-General Of Intelligence And Security Appointed

Prime Minister John Key hasannounced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. The appointment was made by the Administrator of the Government on behalf of the Governor General and is for a term of three years. More>>

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

ALSO:

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news