May 10, 2021

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Tauranga Moana Iwi Response Unit Panui 15

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The purpose of this panui is to provide a daily snapshot of the ongoing oil clean up effort for our whanau, hapu, iwi and other interested parties.

The Tauranga Moana Iwi Response Unit has been especially set up by Iwi of Tauranga in response to the disaster and to help protect our ancestral waters, traditional food resources, culture and people from the impact of this disaster.

Contact details for the unit are Ph: 07 5753765 ext 228 and Email: [email protected]


Beach Clean Events for Wednesday 2 November 2011

9.00am Papamoa Surf Club

9.00am Whakaue Marae, Maketu

Resources volunteers should bring with them to training and clean-ups:

Gumboots, lunch, water

Since our last panui on Friday 28 October we have been sending crews to Mauao to continue oil recovery in the rock pools and also to the beach clean volunteer events, which have been predominantly at Papamoa and Maketu.

A crew from the NZ Rail went to Mauao this morning with our team leader, Mate Samuels, however the weather conditions were a bit rough around the rock pools, so they carried on to assist at Papamoa.

The NZ Army have spent the last two days on Matakana Island as there is wash up every day and this is being buried under the sand. A beach clean event at Matakana Island is a logistical challenge, however we are investigating options available to us to arrange a weekend event. We will keep you posted of developments for those interested in assisting our Matakana Island Whanau.

Motiti Island are continually receiving volunteers organised with Ngawiki Dickson, and a large number of the latest contingent were organised through the mainstream volunteer coordinators.

Our marae hubs are continuing their self monitoring and are also assisting within the rohe at different areas.

As you may be aware, Rena sustained further damage last night, with buckling further back from the main cracks in the hull.

In the next 6 hours or so, the weather conditions are going to deteriorate, with swells up to 5 metres expected and we have been advised that there is a high likelihood that Rena could break up.

There is an ICC contingency plan in place that will be activated if and when the worst case scenario occurs.

The current trajectory pattern, if Rena does break tonight, shows that the worst affected areas will be from Papamoa to Maketu.

In the event of this happening, we will be asking all volunteers to assist when they are able and to please keep an eye on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council website for the major clean up events, or to contact us by email.

In the last few weeks, we have been overwhelmed by all those who have travelled, both locally and far and wide to assist us in Tauranga Moana. There are no words to express our gratitude.

Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini
Success is not the work of one, but the work of many


We would like to extend our appreciation to the following:

Sanitarium for the boxes of weetbix

Mad Butcher for the sausages

If you have recently been added to our mailing list, copies of the panui are available on the following websites:


Coastal Iwi and Hapu Forum Hui
Friday 11 November 2011
Time and Venue to be confirmed


Check out for our latest updates on video.

We will be endeavouring to get updates from our marae / hapu hubs over the next few days.

Check out our Facebook Page, Tauranga Moana Iwi RENA Response Unit for other updates, photos and relevant information.


Tauranga Moana iwi have set up two bank accounts to assist iwi in their combined clean-up efforts. Funds in the TAUTOKO account will assist in the combined iwi efforts while those deposited into the MOTITI account will be set aside to assist the massive efforts taking place on Motiti Island.

The account details are as follows:

Te Runanga o Ngai Te Rangi Iwi Trust RENA Tautoko
Bank: Westpac
Number: 03-1547-0121206-04

Te Runanga o Ngai Te Rangi Iwi Trust RENA Motiti
Bank: Westpac
Number: 03-1547-0121206-05

Please ensure that a name (organisation etc) is placed in the reference field when making deposits.

Te Runanga o Ngai Te Rangi Iwi Trust has donee status so if you require a receipt for tax purposes please email [email protected] and include the following details: Date of deposit, Amount of deposit, Organisation/Name of depositor, Address for receipt to be posted.


Wildlife Recovery If you see wildlife affected by oil, please phone this number to give details 0800 333 771

Please do not attempt to catch the animal

If you see oil on beaches in your vicinity please phone 0800 645 774

Public Health Line if you are feeling unwell after being involved in clean up, phone 0800 611 116

If you wish to monitor the updates on Rena, please go to this website:

If you wish to find out details of your particular area within Tauranga Moana and who is coordinating for the marae hub, please contact the Tauranga Moana Iwi Response Unit on [email protected]

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