Penguin release milestone in Rena recovery 22 Nov 2011
- Feedback sought on draft regulations News
- Training ramped up for civil defence controllers News
- Central Otago place names approved News
- Air nz expects 1H pre-tax earnings of $166.8 mln Travel
- Father and Daughter Turn Heads in NZ Sport
- New mining regulations approved News
- More buildings cleared in review Property
- Jamie Nicoll and Rosara Joseph win Enduro mountain bike race Sport
- Patricia Grace objects to land taken by Public Works Act News
- EPA wrongly gave Anadarko duty to Maritime NZ: Greenpeace Business
The release of 60 penguins at Mt Maunganui beach today is a significant milestone in the Bay of Plenty's recovery from the Rena oil spill and environmental disaster, Environment Minister Nick Smith said today.
"It is a heart-warming experience after the devastating scene of oiled and dead birds to see these healthy penguins returning to their natural habitat," Dr Smith said.
"The wildlife response to this disaster has been first class. The specialist teams were on the ground within 24 hours of the Rena hitting the Astrolabe Reef, had facilities available within days and were able to recover as many oiled birds as possible. Their efforts have saved hundreds of birds from an ugly death and ensured we have the base breeding stock for the populations of penguins, shags, petrels and dotterels to recover.
"I want to acknowledge the efforts of Maritime New Zealand, Department of Conservation, iwi, New Zealand Defence Force, and the thousands of volunteers who recovered oiled birds and cleaned up the beaches and coast to enable these birds to return to their natural habitat.
"The Government will be meeting next week with local councils and iwi to finalise the long-term environmental recovery plan. We want the Bay of Plenty environment restored to its pre-Rena state as quickly as possible," Dr Smith said.
(New Zealand Government)
12 Dec 2013 News
New Zealand Government Hon Amy Adams Minister for Communications and Information Technology 12 December... more
12 Dec 2013 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Export concentration into China ‘a concern’, RBNZ’s Wheeler says By Paul McBeth Dec.... more
12 Dec 2013 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Perpetual, Fonterra’s largest unitholder, happy to ride out short-term pain for longer-term... more
11 Dec 2013 Entertainment
Sounds Like Waitangi - Greg Johnson, Andrew Fagan & Peter Urlich headline Waitangi Day at Mangawhai Tavern Sounds Like Waitangi... more
10 Dec 2013 Lifestyle
Dunedin City Council Here’s Your Chance to be a Rock Star! Dunedin (Tuesday, 10 December 2013) – If you’re a... more
12 Dec 2013 Property
New Zealand Government New 32-unit complex opened in Johnsonville Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today officially opened 32 new ... more
10 Dec 2013 Migration
Doing Our Bit Costs, benefits, rugby and refugees Murdoch Stephens – Doing Our Bit (www.doingourbit.co.nz) Amongst all... more
12 Dec 2013 Travel & Tourism
New Zealand Government Hon Nathan GuyMinister for Primary Industries 12 December 2013 Government Industry Agreements to strengthen... more
12 Dec 2013 Sport
Westpac Halberg Awards 12 December 2013 Strong Competition for New Zealand’s Top Sports Honours 58 nominations received for... more
10 Dec 2013 Column
Column - Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on the latest TPP leaks, and our shabby treatment of asylum seekers by Gordon ... more
9 Dec 2013 People
In less than a year, Lorde has gone from a Year 12 student at Auckland's Takapuna Grammar to a global pop star. The Kiwi's... more
11 Dec 2013 Recruitment
CPIT For immediate release 11/12/2013 Partnership provides much needed skills for the rebuild As the demand for rebuild workers... more