First reports are that the ship is stable on the reef and that the only leak is of some light hydraulic fluid, the fuel tanks remaining intact. However, as time goes on and the weather deteriorates, significant leaks of heavy oil become apparent. A week after the grounding the situation is much worse. The ship is listing. Containers have fallen from its decks, creating a hazard for shipping, and oil is smothering wildlife and fouling Tauranga beaches.

At Tauranga Memories we collected your stories, images and videos about this environmental disaster as it unfolded. Use the panel on the right hand side to browse through topics and images, or search using te search bar.

The Tauranga City Libraries also have a wiki on the Rena Disaster (click here)

Looking for the Beca documents on the Rena project? Volumes 1-6 can be accessed online here (click here).

Check out the Storify (collection of social media updates) on the Rena Disaster below.


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Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill: A Story from the Rena Disaster (2014) by Debbie McCauley .
Motiti Blue and the Oil Spill: A Story from the Rena Disaster by Debbie McCauley was selected as a 2015
On 23 September 2015 Brian Rhodes presented a submission on behalf of the Mount Maunganui Sport Fishing Club to the
On 23 September 2015 Nevan Lancaster presented a submission on behalf of Papamoa Beach Holiday Park to the RENA Resource
The following report was part of the Rena Submission by the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand
On 23 September 2015 the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc (Forest & Bird) and Te
Anderley Middleton (23 September 2015) ........
On 23 September 2015 Anderley Middleton presented her submission to the RENA Resource Consent Hearing Commissioners and members of the
Debbie McCauley (23 September 2015).
On 23 September 2015 Debbie McCauley presented her submission to the RENA Resource Consent Hearing Commissioners and members of the
2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Non-Fiction Finalists.
A story from the Rena Disaster, Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill, written by Tauranga author and librarian Debbie McCauley,
A summary from the November 2011 Hauraki News (65th), the regiments association newsletter.
Mauao Area Wildlife Trust Open Day (2014) .
On the third anniversary of the Rena Disaster (Sunday, 5 October 2014) the Mauao Area Wildlife Trust will hold an
Penguin oiled, ashore, Motuotau Island, Mount Maunganui.
Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill by Debbie McCauley is a bilingual children's picture book on the Rena Disaster which
'Less Hui, More Do-Ey!' Rena mural by Graham Hoete and Owen Dippie.
When Rena grounded on 5 October 2011 it had repercussions that were devastating for the environment and community of the
Gannet in Oil by Elliot Mason (2011).
It has been two years since the catastrophic grounding of the container ship Rena on Astrolabe Reef in the Bay
Rena in Situ by Aubrey Hoete.
Aubrey Hoete, resident of Motiti Island talks of his views of removing the Rena wreckage.
I work at the Tauranga City Council and our lives got pretty busy after the Rena grounded. With a ukulele
Mount Art Group (2012).
The Mount Art Group's annual exhibition at the Mount Surf Club had to be rescheduled because of the Rena catastrophe.
Maungatapu School's Rena Project  (2011).
In 2011 Maungatapu School's Room 13, Year's 2 & 3, wrote poetry related to the Rena disaster that has since
Oily Shells by Joan McWhannell.
During the Rena Disaster (2011 & 2012) several people wrote poetry and articles which were submitted to the Tauranga Memories
A fantastic video story shot by Councillor Murray Guy, Tauranga
Observing released penguins, Mount Maunganui.
On January 30 2012, 9 Little Blue Penguins were released at Moturiki, Mount Maunganui Main Beach
Rena - The oil is not good for the sea creatures.
Tauranga children were given the opportunity to voice their concerns about the Rena Disaster.
A short account of a typical night operation rounding up oiled Penguins off Motuotau or Rabbit Island, Tauranga, Bay of
Debris on Papamoa Beach.
A day following the Rena's cargo since the ship broke up on 8th January
Brett takes care of last penguin to leave.
30 more penguins were released 8 December 2011 back to Moturiki, or Leisure Island, as their habitat has become liveable
Kerri Morgan, Penguin release, Shark Alley, Mt Maunganui Nov 2011.
An account of the successful release of penguins back to their home on Motuotau / Rabbit Island
I am sickened by what has happened, but feel the ship is not to blame, people are.
We are very much a beach family and during the summer we spend lots of time down at the beach.
A poem about the Rena Oil Disaster by Ferne (aged 8): We are very much a beach family and during
It seems to me that we are taking risks with wildlife all the time; this is what troubles me. The
Poem by Leightan who is in Year 3 (age 7) at Matua Primary School