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Oil washes up on Mt Maunganui beach
LATEST: Oil from the stricken cargo ship Rena is washing ashore at Mt Maunganui, one of the country's most popular beaches.
Crews are this morning due to resume pumping oil off the Rena, in an attempt to beat forecast bad weather.
Crews had been pumping oil from the ship to the tanker vessel Awanuia, as well as transferring fuel from the damaged tank into stable tanks further back in the ship ready to be offloaded, but had to stop work early this morning due to weather conditions.
It is understood 10 tonnes had been removed from the ship so far. There was 1700 tonnes of fuel on the ship.
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) salvage coordinator Bruce Anderson said about 100 tonnes of oil had leaked from the Rena's breached tank, but oil response teams estimated there was only about 10 tonnes in the sea so far.