Tauranga MP Simon Bridges is urging the community to prepare for the worst as Rena buckles in the storm and calls for volunteer help fall on deaf ears.
A storm with 3m swell, expected to rise to 5m this evening when winds of about 35 knots blow, has buckled Rena’s hull – new damage to the vessel stranded on the Astrolabe Reef since October 5.
The storm is threatening to break the ship in two, an act which could see containers drop into the sea and more oil leak.
Simon says although there are about 7500 registered volunteers, there has been difficulty in the last week in getting people to turn up to do the work once contacted.
He says the Rena response effort needs the full support of the volunteers more now than before and hopes the community will respond as is needed.
Rena Contact Numbers
General queries – 0800 OIL SPILL
Wildlife response – 0800 333 771
Public health queries – 0800 611 116
Iwi liaison – 0800 AWHI ME (0800 294 463)