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Published: 2012-04-05 00:00:00

Thames-Coromandel District Council (TCDC) staff are this morning cleaning up scores of packets of dried noodles and a scattering of milk powder bags that have come ashore at Tairua and Sailor’s Grave north of Tairua.

The debris – suspected to be from the Rena – will be collected in an operation overseen by Waikato Regional Council, Maritime New Zealand and the salvor’s contractors Braemar Howells.

The debris seen to date is non-toxic and reasonably easy to recover on beaches. Debris on open coast and rocky shorelines can be harder and more hazardous to recover, particularly when seas are rough.

Meanwhile, there has still been no sign of oil on Coromandel beaches this morning following the release of a small amount of oil from the Rena in recent days.

Regional council staff will continue to patrol beaches over the next few days to monitor the situation and respond to any problems in conjunction with Maritime NZ, Braemar Howells and TCDC.

“It’s obviously concerning to see any debris coming ashore in our patch,” said regional on-scene commander Adam Munro.

“We will continue to work closely with Maritime NZ, Braemar Howells and TCDC to manage this situation and take appropriate actions if further debris and oil come ashore.”

Members of the public who observe debris are advised to ring 0800 333 771. Oil sightings should be reported to 0800 645 774.