I appeal to Tauranga and Mount locals to volunteer and wait to be called up, rather than attempt to clean up the oil themselves. Some components of fuel oil can be very toxic and you should avoid it contacting the skin. Keep children and pets away from the beaches. As of this midday today (Thursday) the beaches from Mt Maunganui to the Maketu Estuary have been closed.
This is almost certainly going to be a long, ongoing task, and there will be plenty of opportunity to help in future days and weeks.
Anyone wishing to volunteer should call 0800 645 774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Volunteers – 1 for all’ in the subject line, full name, contact number and relevant experience.