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Rena Recovery Newsletter

Rena Recovery Newsletter

In this issue:

• Rena Recovery continues on reduced scale

• Application heads for Environment Court

• Mini conference to discuss Rena findings

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Rena application heads for Environment Court
Chief Executive of Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Mary-Anne Macleod, has announced that the Council had decided to refer the Application for resource consent to abandon the wreck of the Rena to the Environment Court.


“The Council has carefully considered the request by the Astrolabe Community Trust to refer the application to the Environment Court, and we have concluded it is in the best interests of the people of the Bay of Plenty that we agree to this,” Ms Macleod said.

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Mini conference to discuss Rena findings
More than 120 people attended a seminar at Ōtamarākau Marae earlier this month to discuss the findings of a variety of Rena research projects.


Chair of the Te Arawa ki Tai Trust, seminar organiser Raewyn Bennett said reports to the seminar covered everything from Matauranga Māori to the effectiveness of oil cleaning techniques. All of the reports were relevant to the Maketū/Te Arawa iwi recovery effort.

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