On 5 October 2011 a ship called the Rena banged into the Astrolabe Reef off the Tauranga coast and spewed oil everywhere. Our lives got mad for the rest of the year and more. With a ukulele at my desk, this little medley of tributes evolved into the best form of stress relief outside of the pub. It goes out to my city council colleagues, all the other local authority staff who’ve put hours upon hours in, plus the hard working people from Maritime NZ, Public Health and other organisations we met along the way.
With apologies and a nod of acknowledgement to Bon Jovi, Midnight Oil, Deep Purple, Metallica, Dave Dobbyn and those dudes who sing the Macarena.