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  • In this activity, students consider short-term and long-term responses to an environmental disaster such as the Rena.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • describe what might happen (environmentally) in the event of a maritime disaster such as the Rena
    • explain some short-term and long-term responses that might help to limit environmental damage.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do.

    Related content

    Explore the range of content we have on the Rena disaster – start with this introductory article. There are links to articles looking at some of the research undertaken around the disaster, some of the underpinning science concepts, student activities and more.

    The What now for the Rena? Connected article looks at the aftermath of the 2011 environmental disaster

    Useful links

    Note that the Rena Recovery Project was declared complete in July 2015.

    The Rena Long-term Environmental Recovery Plan is an example of a government’s recovery plan following an environmental disaster.

    View information on oils spills and the Rena oils spills on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council website teacher resources section.

      Published 11 January 2012, Updated 8 August 2018 Referencing Hub articles
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