Topic: Rena

Ngāi Te Rangi wants full removal of the RENA

By Mere McLean

Representatives of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi which includes lawyer Joshua Gear presented their submissions before the panel of the MV RENA at Trinity Wharf in Tauranga.

Ngāi Te Rangi wants full removal of the Rena wreck from Otaiti (Astrolabe reef) and today presented steps on making that possible.

Ngāi Te Rangi spokesperson Reon Tuanau says that from the start they have pushed for the full removal of the Rena, he says “the main concern centres on the continuous work surrounding the wreck and the environment of Otaiti (Astrolabe reef)."

The Rena cargo vessel  owned by the Greek shipping company Costamare Inc ran a-ground off the coast of Tauranga on the 5th of October 2011.

Owners of the MV RENA  filed submissions for resource consent in May last year to leave the remains of the wreck on Otaiti (Astrolabe reef) further submissions from other groups have been submitted to the Bay of Plenty Regional council and the MV RENA panel regarding the future of the wreck.

Today Ngāi Te Rangi was given the opportunity to present their views to the panel.  This is the final week of the hearings which will conclude this Friday.

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