Jonathan Livingston reports from his eyrie above Papamoa Beach.
UPDATE, 9:19am, 14 October:
A report on Newstalk ZB just moments ago appeared to claim that the beaches at Papamoa are now clean due to the manual clean-up. Bravo, well done boys, etc.
I observed the beach near me from one day to the next, where no manual cleaning had been conducted, and it too had been mostly cleared of oil globules during the tidal cycle.
The notion that the only way the oil can go is to be manually removed by humans reminds me of the absurd notion being (successfully) promulgated by the greenies that trees must be planted by humans before they can grow.
The blobs of oil will break down naturally, the same way each grain of sand came from a larger rock, and end up constituting an even lesser proportion in parts per million in the sea water than , say, radioactive uranium.
UPDATE, 7:18pm, 13 October:
I went all down the beach today. SO FAR it is pretty minimal, at the Mount you wouldn't know anything had happened, except from a few beached containers (being guarded), and one little enclave of oil eddying around near the Papamoa Surf Club. It doesn't extend far in either direction (so far), and could be cleaned up by a front end loader with a skilled operator in a few hours. Still haven't figured why it is being done by hand!
Oh, and that little micro-pocket of oil is where all the media shots are being taken of course.
My theory was that this stuff will ultimately be washed away and go somewhere else, like North Korea for example. Westerlies are now coming in over the next couple of days, so may have to make that Venezuela, not North Korea…