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Iwi will fight for Rena removal


Tauranga iwi are set to fight the Rena’s owners and insurers move to leave the remainder of the Rena wreck submerged beneath the surface on the Astrolabe Reef.

The Rena’s owners and insurers announced on Monday they intend to lodge a Resource Consent Act application to leave the submerged stern section of the wreck on the reef.

Iwi cultural advisor Buddy Mikaere says iwi are seeking to ensure the Rena’s owners and insurers clean up all environmental damage caused by the vessel’s grounding.

Buddy says the lead for the iwi position has come from those living closest to the wreck – the people of Motiti Island.
“They have suffered and c..