May 8, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Oil spill volunteers still needed whanau!

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Good afternoon, Here we were thinking we could suspend beach clean activities and you could all have a well deserved break!

Due to high tides revealing more oil, we would now appreciate volunteers in the following areas.


  • We’re looking for 200 volunteers to carry out a beach clean at Papamoa. Meet at Papamoa Surf Club at 9am Thursday
  • While the beach is mainly clean, some sub-surface oil that was previously buried under the sand is now exposed in some places and is covering a 5-25% band around the high tide line and up into the toe of the dunes.

If you can help us clean this up it would be greatly appreciated.

Mount Maunganui Main Beach

  • We require an additional 40 volunteers to do a beach sweep at Mount Maunganui main beach.
  • Meet at Mount Maunganui Surf Club at 9am Thursday

A daily beach sweep will be done to make sure the beach stays clean.

Kulim Park, Matua

  • 10am start Thursday
  • Twenty volunteers are required to clean the stained sea wall and adjacent rocks in the park and along Harbour Drive.

There will be a barbecue tomorrow at mid-day to thank Kulim Park volunteers for their work.

We have the barbecue and sausages * we just need someone to cook them! If you are keen to get on the end of a pair of barbecue tongs, give Andrew a call on 07 281 2587. To get to Kulim Park, turn right off Chapel Street into Ngatai Road. Turn right onto Bureta Road and take the first left into Kulim Avenue.

Volunteers wanted – Motiti Island

We are seeking people to help the locals clean up the oil from Motiti Island coastline.

  • This will require you to stay on the Island from Monday * Friday.
  • The week stays will be negotiated with volunteers who offer their services.
  • Flights to and from the Island will be supplied.
  • Marae accommodation will be provided, along with food.
  • You will need to bring your own blankets or sleeping bag, and clothing. There is patchy cell phone coverage on the Island.

As the coastline is rocky and steep in places, you will need to be fit and agile. Site safety and management will be organised. Although you will work hard, this is an exciting opportunity to join with the local community and be part of the Island clean up.

If you are interested, please email [email protected] with Motiti in subject line.

For further volunteer information about any of the above locations, go to

Do you have a spare quad bike and trailer? We would like to borrow or hire two quad bikes and trailers for up to two months.

The bikes would be used at Maketu and on Matakana Island to help collect bags of oil and oil waste from the beaches, and transport them back to a waste skip.

If you are able to help out, or know of someone who has a spare bike, please email me [email protected]

Rena Update

The removal of fuel from the Rena continued overnight with the salvage team confirming they are now past half way. The salvage team is continuing to work on transferring fuel directly from the three engine room tanks, which together hold around 250 tonnes of oil, onto the tug Go Canopus. Contingency planning is underway for the possibility of the remaining oil from the 5-10 tonne spill last weekend coming ashore in the next few days on Tuhua/Mayor Island and the Coromandel Peninsular, south of Whangamata. Booms are being organised to deploy to Tuhua and a wildlife stabilisation centre has been established there.

A forward operating base is also being established at Whangamata. Again, thank you for your on-going support, Pim Unsubscribe: If you wish to unsubscribe from these ORCA messages and updates about beach clean ups * just reply with unsubscribe in the Subject field and your name. Please state if you also want to unsubscribe from the text message advisories too.

1 thought on “Oil spill volunteers still needed whanau!

  1. Thank you for all you are doing. Would like to rejoin the crew on rocks @ mt base on Sat 29, can u pls advise time the team are gathering. thank you, Michele Hansen

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