Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Black Tide: The story behind the Rena Disaster

By: John Julian
Location: NF 363.12 JUL

I was sitting in a slum area in Ghana, missing the Rugby World Cup semi- final and I found a newspaper,  I was desperate for Rugby news. Now Ghana is about as far away from New Zealand as you can get and there was New Zealand TWICE in the papers. Once for our wonderful defeat of the Aussies in the World Cup and another about this boat that had sunk off our coast. As the week unravelled in Ghana, so did the Rena in Tauranga. It is not too far from where I live, stories of our penguins getting oiled, thousands of beads lying on the beaches, kids using containers on the beach to play chase around, dairy products lying all over the beach- ugly oil slicks on our pristine beaches and all because some guy wanted to take a short cut with his boat. This is a New Zealand story that made headlines in Ghana.. this book tells us why!

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