Two years since grounding sparked marine disaster, wreck's future remains unclear.
Most mainlanders have forgotten about the Rena, but it remains in the face of many Motiti Island residents.
A 250 tonne piece of the Rena has broken off and fallen to the seabed.
As workers dismantle the Rena, debris from the cargo it was carrying continues to wash ashore.
The grounding of the Rena container ship off Tauranga last year will cost taxpayers $50 million, papers released to Labour show.
Salvors have started removing pre-cut scrap metal from the Rena with a helicopter and crane.
Salvors working on the container ship Rena are set to begin removing it in the next couple of days.
Helicopters will be used to lift sections of the Rena wreck out of the water as it is cut up by salvors.
With containers removed from the Rena, the first stage of the salvage operation is complete.
The Philippines embassy has thanked New Zealand authorities for their treatment of the pair jailed for causing the Rena disaster.
The master and second officer of the grounded cargo ship Rena are due to be sentenced in Tauranga District Court tomorrow.
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has so far drawn down $27.7 million of the $35 million contingency fund provided by the Government following the Rena disaster.
Debris from the wreck of the Rena is reported to be washing up on Great Barrier Island.
Salvors are expected to exploit today's "weather window" to continue cleaning up debris from the Rena.
Swells scattered debris from the wrecked ship.
More debris from the stricken Rena has washed ashore on Coromandel beaches.
Rough seas are hampering clean up efforts as debris from the Rena is washed ashore.
A small amount of oil leaking from the wreck of the Rena may wash up on Coromandel beaches.
Another 10 containers have fallen off the Rena as heavy swells batter the fragile wreck.
Small amounts of oil are washing up on the coast of Mt Maunganui after wild weather caused further damage to the stricken ship Rena.