The captain of the stricken vessel MV Rena has been arrested and charged overnight.
Transport Minister Steven Joyce told Radio New Zealand the captain was to appear in the Tauranga District Court this morning.
Mr Joyce said the captain would be charged under section 65 of the Maritime Act and that more charges were likely to follow.
That's good news. There has been much angst in the media as to why no-one was being held to account for this incident; that angst at least can now be put to rest.
Now comes the far more important matter of minimising the environmental consequences of this dreadful situation. Armchair and keyboard experts have been quick to condemn the Government. Whether that condemnation is based on fact, emotion or the election will become apparent in time, and we have no knowledge whatsoever of this area, so we will not venture an opinion. However we would urge readers to check out Quintin Hogg's comment on this thread yesterday. It suggests that the issues involved are complex, and not able to be executed in haste.
In the meantime we can only hope that the experts can retain a measure of control as containers fall into the ocean, and the Rena is in danger of breaking up.