Green Taliban were right, the MV Rena was an environmental catastrophe

No they weren’t, and they never are. The outcome has turned out as I always expected, that the Rena would turn into an outstanding marine habitat and possible dive location. The one thing that always amused me through the entire “marine catastrophe” was thinking back to the thousands of ships either sunk in the open seas or in ports during ww2 with all that fuel on board. Thousands of Merchant ships. Then there was the estimated 2000 bird deaths that were an additional cause of outrage. I wonder how many deaths come as a result of this list here

Anyway, back to the environmental catastrophe that is the MV Rena:


photos by Andy Belcher and Darryl Torckler



 Look at those Blue Mao Mao, dying in their hundreds and clearly suffering the effects from the ship wreck. It’s heart wrenching.



 A fish suffering from depression from living in a large empty house on his own.


 Kina on the shipwreck, clearly not happy either.


 Hundreds of Makerel retreating to avoid the creeping shipwreck death plague.

What a catastrophe.


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  • maninblack

    apparently the snapper and kingy numbers around the no go zone are huge! No fishing pressure will do that! This has been a fantastic result!

    • Bunswalla

      Excellent news – so, no need to drop the recreational catch limits then!

  • LesleyNZ

    We need a few more shipwrecks then. Beautiful!

    • johnbronkhorst

      Can the labour caucus be on board????….PPLLEEAASSEE!!!

      • dumbshit

        they are the shipwreck–just the barnacles holding them afloat

  • johnbronkhorst

    I believe there was a study done, researching ..why the atmospheric radiation levels, over the first 5 years, dropped much faster than expected at Chernobel. The answer, apparently, ….earthworms. They, apparently, turned the top soil over, moving the radiation down into the soil and out of the atmosphere. This prevented the wind born particles from effecting a much wider area.
    Funny how nature responds to things in a way that we don’t always understand or can predict. But just a cursory look at history, as you did re WW2, shows how shallow and politically desperate the greens and labour parties are!

  • Orange

    That was a lot of sarcasm

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Where? This is true, just ask any Greeen

  • conwaycaptain

    When I was on a ship off the Maui Platform in the early 80]s the fish were GINORMOUS.
    I believe that the original N Sea contracts were that all platforms had to be removed and cut off at sea bed level. I have heard that now they may cut them off at a safe navigational depth and use them s fish nurseries.

  • Hazards001

    The earth has always opened in places and released quantities of oil. The oceans are well capable of taking care of this minor issue. The earth knows how to heal herself.
    And with the proper MMP policy we might be able to heal ourselves of an irritating species known by its zoological name of gingaaustralianustrougher

    • conwaycaptain

      More oil leaks into the oceans naturally than is released by humans.
      The Torrey Canyon and Amoco Cadiz had very little effect on the environment in the Eng Channel.

  • GazzW

    Hey Clint, we’ve fucked it up again!

  • Whafe

    Just shows how Gareth H Gween is all piss in wind like the barbers cat…

  • Patrick

    i believe we have a debt of gratitude to the sterling clean up job performed by the Right Honourable Phill Goff, those few minutes posing on the beach dressed in a suit, shovel in hand obviously have resulted in such a pristine environment that has allowed the fish to prosper. Thank you Phill, 30 years service in parliament & in the Country’s hour of need you stepped forward & performed like a trojan. Durex Trojan that is.

    • johnbronkhorst

      Maybe if his father had used one (durex Trojan) it could have saved the rest of us much pain!

    • AnonWgtn

      But the Locals – read Maori Iwi have not received enough Koha to agree to allow the wreck to stay. They are still insisting that the whole wreck be removed unless you …………………

      • James Growley

        They just want two bites of the cherry…..the wreck will become a nice passive income when they get around to charging divers for the privilege of looking around it.

  • thor42

    Great photos!

    In the past, I’ve pottered around with a little bit of marine photography (just using a disposable camera). Got a few nice shots but most were (not surprisingly) not very good. Must get a decent waterproof camera soon.

    • blokeintakapuna

      I found that once thumb was removed from lens, pictures were much better!

  • Col

    I bet you the old Greenpeace sunk a few years ago never got a mention by the Greens, and that was put down for recreation diving, be interesting to see what that looks like, be less fish etc than the Rena.

  • peterwn

    And some people were concerned about disposal of the ‘hazardous’ oil that was salvaged. It would have been tidied up (water removed etc) and sold as bunker oil.

  • SJ00

    Cam get on Twitter and sell this story aka Robinson style to the MSM. I’d love to see a follow up piece to this on the news. Considering they had boats and helicopters and beach front coverage for weeks and weeks (they cared..), surely they can send a couple of divers down and show the situation now. Stick one to the Greens.

  • Ducky

    Poor fish…Let’s Ban all shipping so that there is no potential shipwrecks again!!1

  • Pointless

    Funny, I was thinking the same while watching the Discovery Channel doco about the Orkney region. Squillions of shipwrecks, all acting as marine reserves, and no deformed children in sight. Although it did make the local inhabitants talk with a funny accent…