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  • What Now for the Rena? cover.

    What Now for the Rena?

    Getting the Message L4 cover.

    by Maria Gill

    In 2011, the MV Rena struck Astolabe Reef and caused an environmental disaster. Since then, the clean-up operation has seen lots of debris removed from the wreck – but large parts of the Rena still remained on the ocean floor. What factors were considered when making the decision on the future of the Rena wreck?

    Series: Connected 2016 Level 4 – Getting the Message

    Learning area: English, Science, Social Sciences

    Curriculum level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Strand: Nature of science, Living world

    Capability: Interpret representations

    In: Connected 2016 Level 4 – Getting the Message

    Publication date: December 2016

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  • The port.

    The Port

    by Sharyn Jones 


    This article is about the Port of Tauranga and is told by a boy whose father works there. It contains a general description of what a port is and has specific information about the kinds of ships, and their cargo, that visit Tauranga. There is also a brief overview of the grounding of the Rena.

    Gold 2

    Series: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Learning area: English, Social Sciences

    Colour wheel level: Gold

    Curriculum level: 2

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: Port of Tauranga, port, ships, cargo, Tauranga, grounding of the Rena

    In: Junior Journal 47, Level 2, 2013

    Publication date: January 2013

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  • What a disaster cover.

    What a Disaster!

    L2 cover image aug2012.

    by Katie Furze

    The container ship Rena went aground near Mount Maunganui in October 2011. This article describes the impact of the event
    through the eyes of a young girl. She uses information from the news as well as her family’s observations to describe the damage done to the beaches and wildlife. 

    Series: School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Learning area: Science

    Curriculum level: 2

    Reading year level: 4

    Category: Non-fiction

    Related titles: Listed in TSM

    Topics: human, impact, environment, “Kūtai”, caring, coastal environments

    In: School Journal Level 2, August 2012

    Publication date: August 2012

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