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Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, November 2014

Wildbase Oil Response Research Officer, Graeme Finlayson, attended a desktop exercise in Tauranga. The exercise was a great opportunity for Graeme to work with a regional wildlife representative who had first-hand experience at the Rena response and a clear understanding of the wildlife risks in the Bay of Plenty. 

The location

A desktop exercise in Tauranga.

The scenario

Testing the effectiveness of the regional plan in response to a scenario named ‘Operation Long Streak’.

The process

Graeme was assigned to work as part of the wildlife team with local wildlife representative, Donna Watchman, and provide input into the an incident action plan. The exercise was conducted in the new council facility at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council offices in Tauranga.

Results

Throughout the exercise, the team functioned really well, identifying the key response options, notification procedures, as well as demonstrating a clear understanding of the problem and the possible solutions. The exercise was a great opportunity for Graeme to work with a regional wildlife representative who had first-hand experience of the Rena response and a clear understanding of the wildlife risks in the Bay of Plenty.

Bay of Plenty exercise

Maaping use and IAP details clearly displayed in ICC