Maritime New Zealand is making regular updates to the situation regarding the Rena grounded on the Astrolabe reef off the Tauranga/ Mount Manganui Coast. The Prime Minister has said that oil will be washed up on local beaches for weeks to come.
Oil has appeared on beaches in clumps (it appears the dispersant was only about 10% effective) and now the weather has deteriorated out there in the Bay of Plenty, they can't pump any more oil off in the meantime.
I and many many others in New Zealand, especially those concerned with the natural environment, are frustrated and upset that more wasn't done last week when the weather was calm.
Fingers crossed that after this rough weather, the ship will hold together long enough for the fuel to all be pumped off.