• About this site - Rena Recovery Project now complete

    The Rena Recovery Programme was declared complete in July 2015. This website remains live as a retrospective information resource only.


FINAL ISSUE: Rena Recovery Newsletter - Issue 21 August 2015

  • Recovery Plan helps restore mauri
  • Environmental recovery
  • Cultural impacts recorded
  • Shorelines clean
  • Wildlife wins
  • Marine pest risk ruled out
  • Matauranga
  • Iwi and community involved

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Rena Recovery Plan helps restore mauri

The $2.4m government funded Rena Recovery Plan has now been completed. Through the Plan, iwi representatives worked alongside government agencies and research providers to deliver on a set of environmental and cultural restoration and research projects, over a 3.5 year period.

Rena Recovery Group Co-Chair and Ngāti Ranginui representative Carlton Bidois said that the aim of the Rena Recovery Plan was to restore the mauri of the Bay of Plenty environment to its pre-Rena state.

“There’s been a lot of passion and hard work gone into delivering the plan objectives. I’d like to thank everyone who contributed their energy, effort and expertise to this kaupapa and to the ongoing recovery efforts,” said Mr Bidois.

At the final Rena Recovery Plan Governance Group meeting held last week, iwi and agency representatives heard that no new Rena related oil wash-ups have been reported since March 2014. It was also reported to the Group that local dotterel and penguin numbers are now stable or increasing, and Rena oil-related shellfish contamination is no longer at levels of concern for public or environmental health.

“Great progress has been made but we can’t say we’re back to pre-Rena state just yet. It will take more time for Mother Nature to complete her work. Iwi and hapū still have some concerns about long-term cumulative effects, and consider that the mauri will never be fully restored while the remnants of the wreck and its contents remain on Otaiti,” Mr Bidois said.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chairman Doug Leeder who is also Co-Chair of the Rena Recovery Governance Group said that while the Recovery Plan projects are now complete, a great deal of work will be continuing.

“Ongoing work like pest control and coastal environment monitoring will continue, in collaboration with iwi and as part of business as usual for the organisations involved.  A legacy of knowledge and understanding has been gathered through the Rena Recovery Plan that will be incredibly useful should the Bay of Plenty or another region ever be faced with a similar incident in future,” Chairman Leeder said.

Other Rena related work including wreck salvage and safety management is continuing. In May 2014, the Rena owners applied for resource consent to leave some sections of the wreck on the reef. A panel of independent commissioners will consider the application and associated public submissions at a hearing scheduled for 7 September 2015. Consent related information can be viewed at www.renaresourceconsent.org.nz

Through implementation of the Rena Recovery Plan, a range of assessments and reports were produced to provide information about the impacts of the Rena grounding on the environment, iwi and the wider community. The reports will remain available to the public at www.renarecovery.org.nz

Environmental recovery

On 5 October 2011, the MV Rena grounded on Otaiti (Astrolabe Reef) in the Bay of Plenty which resulted in one of New Zealand's most significant maritime environmental disasters.

The Rena Recovery Team is responsible for managing the restoration of the environment in accordance with the Rena Long-Term Environmental Recovery Plan. This site will keep you up to date with the progress of the plan as we work towards restoring the Bay of Plenty back to its pre-Rena state.


Little Blue Penguin
Little Blue Penguin

Rena grounding timeline

Follow a timeline of events from the initial grounding of the Rena to the release of oil and the breaking of the ship. Read about the impacts on the environment and the response of agencies and volunteers to clean-up beaches and remove oil and debris.


MV Rena January 2012
MV Rena January 2012
Maritime New Zealand

Recovery projects

Six significant programmes have been designed to achieve the goals of the Long-Term Recovery Plan. Each programme focuses on a different aspect of environmental recovery including wildlife, shorelines, kaimoana and cultural impacts.


Bay of Plenty Coastline
Bay of Plenty Coastline

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