12 Oct '11, 6am

Pictures: Anger as oil sweeps over New Zealand's Papamoa Beach

Pictures: Anger as oil sweeps over New Zealand's Papamoa Beach

The thick waves, topped with a dark foamy scum, left bubbling black streaks along the once pristine beach, releasing toxic vapours that left the eyes stinging and the throat raw. -- PHOTO: AFP PAPAMOA BEACH (AFP) - Artist Peter Cramond fought back tears on Wednesday as a black tide of oil slurry swept over New Zealand's Papamoa Beach, depositing pollution-choked birds and fish at his feet. The thick waves, topped with a dark foamy scum, left bubbling black streaks along the once pristine beach, releasing toxic vapours that left the eyes stinging and the throat raw. 'I can smell it from my house,' Mr Cramond, who lives 400m (1,300 feet) from the beach, said as he leaned on his walking stick in howling winds and driving rain. 'I haven't slept all night knowing what's happening here to all the bird and sea life. It's horrible.' Papamoa Beach, on the North Island's Bay of Plen...

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