You may already know that a container vessel has gone aground on a reef a short way off the coast of Tauranga. Two of the holds are flooded. Oil has spilled from this ship already. Efforts are being made to disperse and/or collect the oil, but birds and at least one seal have been affected already. Many people are very concerned that this will be a major environmental disaster. I've just received through an email from Forest and Bird a request for volunteers to help mediate impact on sea and coastal wildlife.
This is the news in the main NZ paper this morning.
(I heard a few minutes ago that the dispersant you can see being used in this clip from yesterday, may have been more efficient than first reported. So that's one good thing)