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The Rena container ship hit the Astrolabe Reef off the city of Tauranga in 2011. The resulting oil spill affected hundreds of local wildlife and instigated a nationwide response.
In September 2013 a diesel spill occurred on the Turoa skifield when a tank leaked at the Ruapehu alpine lifts. The spill threatened the native whio.
Although not on the same scale as the Rena, the diesel spill from the fishing vessel Mutiara II still put local wildlife at risk, again mainly the little blue penguin population.
In April 2013, the ‘Sureste 700’ hit rocks. An estimated 3000 litres of diesel leaked in Foveaux Strait, raising concerns for the nearby Ulva Island and Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve.
In 2011 one of the largest storm wrecks of prions ever recorded saw hundreds of these small pelagic seabirds prevented from feeding or resting on the sea surface by a massive storm.
In an effort to prevent dotterels from being impacted by the Rena oil spill, an unusual pre-emptive capture of the rare birds took place.
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Last updated on Monday 31 July 2017