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Rena's Ghost Birds

Rena's Ghost Birds

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  • Tue 17 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 18 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 19 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Fri 20 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 21 Apr ’12, 10:00am – 6:00pm


Taste Merchants, 36 Lower Stuart St, Otago


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

When the container ship The Rena hit a reef off Tauranga last year it spilt around 350 tonnes of oil.

An art collective made up of creatives from Publicis Mojo and Greenpeace volunteers came up with the concept of making ‘oil prints’ with two of the birds that died. These was conceived both as a memorial to all the marine life killed as a result of the incident, and as a warning of what might happen in the event of a deep sea oil spill… the prospect of which is becoming more real by the day, as exploratory drilling is set to begin later this year.

Ten of the prints on display were made on canvas; another 20 were used as A3 posters.

The two birds were found dead and covered in oil on Matakana Island by Greenpeace volunteers while they were helping the local iwi, Nga Hapu o te Moutere o Matakana, clean oil off their beaches following the Rena spill.

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