Not a sight you see every day.

On Wednesday 5th October 2011 the container ship Rena ran aground on the Astrolabe reef off the coast of Tauranga. This incident was later described as New Zealand’s worst environmental maritime disaster. (I am writing this text a while after this post was published).

Days, weeks and even months after the initial grounding of the ship, the effects were still apparent on the shores of my beautiful Mt Maunganui beaach. Debris of many different sizes and forms littered the shore and polluted the usually pristine water. Then there was the oil….. thick, black, sticky, disgusting oil. I don’t think I swam at the beach all summer long.

The environment effects were enormous. There were large teams helping with the cleanup of the beach and rescuing oiled wildlife. The local economy also felt the impact of this disaster.

These are just a few photos I took one day when containers were washing up on the shore….


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