Astrolabe Reef "a toxic mess"

New Zealanders are being deceived about the environmental disaster unfolding on the Astrolabe Reef.

“We have been told that footage given to media deliberately avoids huge areas which look like a toxic wasteland, and the truth is there are no longer crayfish/crustaceans or reef fish out there.

“There are copper containers down there and canisters of chlorine that salvage crews have been told to leave behind. It's a toxic mess.

“They have found seven cubic metres of fuel that is leaking into the ocean on a daily basis.