Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan has lent a hand in the clean-up of oil in the Bay of Plenty following the grounding of the Rena.
The Christchurch-born presenter, who threw his weight behind the Christchurch quake recovery effort, was on hand in Tauranga yesterday to help the clean-up crew.
“I’ve been here many times. When you think of the area, you think of its beaches, and my first thought was, what’s going to happen to its beaches?” Keoghan said.
“What a mess. It really is a mess.”
Keoghan is vowing to keep the story in the international press in much the same way as he did for the quake earlier this year.
“I can’t come here and help physically … but what I can do is come here and at least draw attention to what is going on here and to those people who really are helping … and to make sure this story stays in the news.
“We’ve got 1000 tonnes of oil sitting in a ship out there that could break up at any time. If this is what 300 tonnes looks like – and they say they’ve taken off 700 tonnes of oil and debris – that gives you some idea of just how much each tonne of oil does.
“The big difference with this situation and the Christchurch earthquake was that Christchurch was an act of God, it was something that was unavoidable, it happened and there was nothing you could do about that,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to come from the inquiry, but this was avoidable and that’s the sad part of it – this didn’t have to happen.”
Keoghan and The Amazing Race visited Tauranga three years ago during the 13th season.