Regional Council Workshop, Dunedin November 2015

Louise Chilvers from Wildbase joined MNZ and Regional Council representative in the new Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin for a two day workshop to discuss oil response issues around NZ. Members of Maritime NZ gave excellent talks on the way planning, training and the functionality of WebEOC have been changed or updated this year.  There were really interesting talks given about recent spill response events in NZ. These included: the Foxton Beach Spill in the Horizons area from an unidentified spill source; the MV Tuhoe grounded at the mouth of the Wiamakariri River in Canterbury and her removal from the site; and the harbour oil spill in Tauranga from a refuelling hose.  The sharing of these ROSCs experiences helps everyone learn from each region’s experiences.  On the second day of the workshop many of the legal ins and outs of oil spills and cost recovery were discussed with the ROSCs, a great opportunity to hear first-hand how the system works in NZ. Louise gave an oiled wildlife response talk, including: how Wildbase can help regions during a Tier 2 response; insight into what is needed within regions for a Tier 3 rehabilitation facility to be set up; and outlined the jobs and time commitments the National Oiled Wildlife Response Team members in each region are expected to undertake annually. Louise encouraged the inclusion of NOWRT members in all regional exercises, as always, it is important to know the people you will be working with during a spill!


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