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New Zealand tries to control damage from oil spill

10 October 2011 Last updated at 08:24 BST

The authorities in New Zealand say oil from a leaking ship stranded on a reef in a popular tourist spot, the Bay of Plenty, has begun washing up on the shore.

They say fist-sized balls of oil were found in one of the area's main beaches, which was then closed.

A public health warning has been issued urging people to stay away.

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy reports.