Lower Kaituna Region
Images during Cyclone Debbie; Ford Rd Te Paika Maketu Estuary Kaituna Road and drone video during Cyclone Debbie.
Resource consent and land designation decision documents for Maketu estuary.
An Environment Court hearing held this month has brought Bay of Plenty Regional Council one step closer to delivering on community aspirations for a healthier Maketu Estuary.
This video shows a before and after comparison of the Papahikahawai lagoon, following the removal of the two causeways that were preventing tidal flushing onf the estuary.
In the three years since the MV Rena ran aground on Astrolabe Reef the owner and insurer have been responsible for a series of ongoing salvage and recovery operations. In 2012 – Resolve Salvage & Fire was appointed to cut down and clear wreckage and debris from within the debris field at the wreck site, often in difficult and often dangerous conditions.
Following a request from the owners of the Rena to pause salvage work required by the Maritime Transport Act, the Director of Maritime NZ has decided to allow a temporary pause pending resolution of the resource consent application. This pause will take effect only when the wreck reaches the state set out in the application.
Dive survey reveals abundant marine life; latest underwater photos.
Currently, there are three key operations Resolve Salvage & Fire ‘Resolve’ is carrying out on behalf of the owner and insurer: 1) Reducing the bow, 2) Recovery of debris, and 3) Hold 4 – Recovery of cargo. Read about these developments.
An invitation to attend Open Days to find out about the options for dealing with the remaining wreck.
The underwater work is a particularly difficult and potentially dangerous phase of the Rena wreck reduction. Divers need to navigate numerous underwater obstacles just to get into a position to cut steel. This week has seen the Resolve crane barge RMG280 preparing to start lifting steel – this involved extensive mooring/anchoring and crane testing. A total of 670 tonnes of steel has now been removed from the hull, with a significant amount pre-cut in advance of lifting and transportation to shore. Steel removal continues on a daily basis, albeit at a somewhat slower pace, now that the project is in its underwater cutting phase.
The National On Scene Commander has today reduced the emergency oil spill response to theRenagrounding from a Tier 3, or national level, to a Tier 2, or regional level response. This means the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will now assume responsibility for ongoing monitoring and future clean-up activity with respect to any further oil spilled from the wreck.