The good oil on the Rena volunteer experience

26 March 2012

Pim de Monchy

Pim de Monchy: The volunteer coordinator for the Rena response will speak at Café Scientifique on April 2.

Following the grounding of CV Rena last October, the Bay of Plenty witnessed an overwhelming response from residents to help clean up over 1000 tonnes of oily waste from our beaches. The results were excellent thanks to a fantastic community effort, yet how was the volunteer force mobilised?

Tauranga’s next Café Scientifique will discuss what went on behind the scenes to make the volunteer initiative run smoothly.

Pim de Monchy to discuss logistics of coordinating volunteers

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Senior Land Management Officer Pim de Monchy was volunteer coordinator during the response. In his talk, The good oil on the Rena volunteer experience, he will discuss the logistics involved in registering, training and communicating with thousands of people, and how the team had to respond daily to the dynamic situation unfolding along the coastline and mobilise the volunteer force accordingly.

Mr de Monchy has been with the Regional Council since 2008 and is responsible for the Coast Care programme, and for sustainable land management in the Waimapu Catchment which feeds into Tauranga Harbour. Previously he worked for the Department of Conservation and Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust on biodiversity protection and pest control.

Café Scientifique series

Café Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues, where for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.

The Café Scientifique series is organised by Julia and Warren Banks and supported by the University of Waikato. It aims to promote public engagement and make science accessible.

It will be held on Monday April 2, 6.45pm for 7.15pm start at Alimento, 72 First Avenue, Tauranga. For more information please visit:

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