I'm proud to say I come from one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, Mount Maunganui. It may have a bad rap as a home to boy racers and drunken teenagers but it is also full of beautiful, friendly people and a gorgeous coastline. A few days ago a cargo ship named the 'Rena' hit a reef just off the coast and is leaking oil which has just started to wash up onshore.
To think about what could happen to the Bay of Plenty makes me a little sick, oil spills aren't meant to happen in our small country at the bottom of the world and I can't help but feel angry at the thought that a ship could run into a reef that has been so well documented (I really wanted to say signposted then . . .) A huge thanks to everyone who is attempting to clean up the mess. And a big screw you to those at fault! Click here to find out more.