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New Zealand’s oil spill record scrutinised – In the News

John Kerr posted in on October 12th, 2015.

More than our tons of oil have been spilt in New Zealand waters since the Rena oil spill in 2011, according to figures released by Maritime New Zealand. The data, covering every reported oil spill in the last four years, was provided by Maritime New Zealand to the Sunday Star Times under the Official Information […]

Media focus on fracking following report

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2012.

The release of a much-anticipated report into the oil and gas extraction technique ‘fracking’ has stimulated public discussion on the regulation of the mining process in New Zealand. Parliamentary Comissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, yesterday released her report, Evaluating the environmental impacts of fracking in New Zealand: An interim report, which covers the background, […]

Marine resources in the media

John Kerr posted in on May 16th, 2012.

The future of resources found on – or under – the seabed surrounding New Zealand has been the focus of media interest this week. This week the Science Media Centre held a briefing for journalists in conjunction with the launch of an  Emerging Issues Paper, Future Marine Resource Use,  from the Royal Society of New Zealand. […]

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Real-time ship data in Tauranga

John Kerr posted in on October 13th, 2011.

Currently location information for ships in the Tauranga region is unavailable. We have contacted, the host of the below application, with aim of rectifying the situation. We apologise for the inconvenience . Real time satellite data is available for ships in the Tauranga region.   Marrine shows the location of all registered ships […]

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Rena: experts on oil dispersants and natural breakdown

John Kerr posted in on October 10th, 2011.

UPDATE: Winds now pushing oil onto the Bay of Plenty coast could turn offshore on Thursday, forecasters say.  State science company NIWA is providing Auckland City Council’s emergency management staff with weather and sea state (currents and waves) forecasts from its EcoConnect forecasting system relevant to the salvage and clean up operation for the grounded […]

Rena oil spill: Information and expert resources

John Kerr posted in on October 10th, 2011.

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Rena oil disaster looms

John Kerr posted in on October 10th, 2011.

The grounding of the Rena container ship on the Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty poses a substantial environmental threat and has recovery teams scrambling to avert disaster. The Liberian-flagged container ship,  Rena, crashed into the Astrolabe Reef near Motiti island, offshore from Tauranga, on Wednesday. Since then it is estimated that 10-100 tones […]

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Oil drilling and exploration in NZ’s deep waters

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 4th, 2010.

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING: Thurs 10 June, 11 am (NZT) Over past decades, the drive to discover large new petroleum reserves has pushed drilling into deeper and deeper off-shore waters. New Zealand is surrounded by deep water basins that have potential to yield substantial petroleum resources. This week’s announcement of the opening of the Raukumara basin […]

The Press: Oil drilling deal off NZ ‘a bad joke’

Peter Griffin posted in on June 2nd, 2010.

John Hartevelt of The Press writes about the reactions to yesterday’s announcement that Brazilian oil company Petrobras was to be given an oil exploration drilling permit for New Zealand waters. The 5 year permit, which covers the Raukumara Basic off the east coast of the North Island, has drawn the ire of environmentalists, who say […]

TNVZ/One News: Brazil giant to explore NZ oil

Peter Griffin posted in on June 2nd, 2010.

Brazilian oil company Petrobras has been granted the right to look for for oil drilling spots in the Raukumara Basin, off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The company has been given a 5 year exploration permit, covering an area of over 12,000 square kilometres. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Energy and […]

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