4 Apr 2019

West Coast rubbish spill latest - govt urged to help

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 4 April 2019

West Coasters are angry at the government's lack of response to what they say is a massive environmental disaster.

Volunteers have been trying to clean up the mess since late last week, with helicopters dropping people along the Westland Tai Poutini National Park coastline, the Waiau Glacier Coast Marine Reserve and those adjacent to the Okarito Mataitai Reserve.

Forest & Bird, which has called the spill " potentially the biggest coastal eco-disaster since the Rena oil spill" has asked central Government agencies to urgently step in.

Kathryn speaks with local resident and volunteer coordinator Mike Bilodeau, acting chairman of the West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board Keith Morfett, and Forest & Bird's conservation manager, Jennifer Miller.