Tourism Bay of Plenty Rena grounding information November 1 2011

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TOURISM BAY OF PLENTY – RENA GROUNDING INFORMATION

Updated 1 November 2011

On 5 October, the 236m cargo vessel Rena struck the Astrolabe Reef, near Tauranga Harbour.  The Astrolabe Reef is about 4 nautical miles north of Motiti Island and about 12 nautical miles off the coast.  Some oil been washed ashore and clean-up operations are well underway.

Maritime New Zealand’s Maritime Incident Response Team (MIRT) is providing technical advice and overseeing the situation.  In a world-first, volunteers are being used to help clean up the oil spill, with great results.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Almost all Bay of Plenty accommodation, activities and attractions are operating as normal.  The Rena incident has impacted a narrow and contained stretch of our coastline and the beaches have largely been restored to their former beauty, ready for summer.

Tourism Bay of Plenty will be providing regular updates to local tourism operators, other members of the tourism industry and media as new information is received. Tourism is a $450m per annum industry to the Western Bay of Plenty.  Tourism Bay of Plenty is committed to updating and supporting the local tourism industry at this time.

LOVE BAY OF PLENTY

A tourism website www.lovebop.co.nz and hotline 0800 LOVE BOP (0800 5683 267) have been set up to provide information on:

What attractions and activities are open?

What’s happening with the beaches?

What can I do to help?

Accommodation enquiries

General information about tourism in the coastal Bay of Plenty

RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR TOURISM OPERATORS

Bay of Plenty Tourism operators toolkit

Bay of Plenty Tourism Q & A Sheet

Chamber of Commerce Factsheet

WINZ Factsheet

The information included in the toolkit and attachments is subject to change.  Please refer to the sources listed in the materials or http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/incident for the latest information.

WHAT AREAS ARE AFFECTED?

Beach access is now open from Mount Maunganui to Tay Street.  Restrictions are still in place from Tay Street to Maketu Point, including the Maketu Estuary, to enable Maritime NZ to carry out oil spill response activities in these areas.  People are asked not to touch or go near any oil they find.

However this area is only a narrow and contained section of our coastline and our community is committed to restoring the beach and its environment to its pristine pre-spill conditions as quickly as possible.

WHO DO I CONTACT TO VOLUNTEER?

Maritime NZ is asking for more volunteers to help with the clean-up operations.  You can volunteer for a minimum of one four-hour shift.  To register as a volunteer, call 0800 OILSPILL (0800 645 774).

OTHER INFORMATION AND LINKS:

http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/incident

http://www.boprc.govt.nz/oilspillvolunteers

http://www.toiteorapublichealth.govt.nz/rena_oil_spill

http://www.bayofplentynz.com

http://www.tourismnewzealand.com/news-and-features/information-about-tauranga/

http://www.bayofplentynz.com/ accessed 11 Nov 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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