Iwi push for Rena wreck removal

MICHAEL DALY
Last updated 19:01 01/03/2013

Tauranga iwi who met the owner and insurer of grounded container ship Rena today remain insistent that the wreck should be removed from Astrolabe Reef.

The owner and insurer had made their case to leave what remained of the ship on the reef but that position was not accepted by the iwi, iwi group cultural adviser Buddy Mikaere said.

The iwi group had repeated its request for the owner and insurer to release all the information on which the proposal to leave the remains on the reef had been based. Iwi believed they did not have all that information.

The position of the owner and insurer was that they were releasing the information as it came to hand, but the iwi did not consider the information they had received was enough for a decision to have been reached on leaving the wreck on the reef.

On Sunday, iwi members would travel out to the wreck to get a first had look at what remained. It was also an opportunity for the owner and insurer to explain what they had done and what they were proposing to do.

Rena owner Greek-based Daina Shipping Company  and insurer the Swedish Club announced in mid-February that they were proposing to apply for consent to leave the remaining sections of the wreck on the reef.

Mikaere said the group of iwi he represented, including those living closest to the wreck site from Motiti Island, were pursuing a class action against the owner and insurer.

- Fairfax Media

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