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Well hello there

If you’ve just found us, it’s nice to meet you. Sustainable Coastlines is a multi-award winning New Zealand charity run by a team of hard-working staff and a network of passionate volunteers and collaborators. Our mission is to enable people to look after the coastlines and waterways they love.

We love our coasts and we work with our sleeves rolled up to keep them beautiful. We coordinate and support large-scale coastal clean-up events, educational programs, public awareness campaigns and riparian planting projects. We also help groups run their own events. Through these efforts we motivate volunteers and communities around Aotearoa and the Pacific to look after the beaches and rivers we love.



Our Impact

  • 67,142
    Event Participants
  • 177,802
    Presentation Views
  • 1,320,063
    Litres of rubbish
  • 55,989
    Trees planted

Researching, planning and running our projects has costs that we work extremely hard to meet. A few fine folk have already put their name behind our cause, but we still need your help. Find out more.

Established in 2009, the Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust is a registered New Zealand charity, with a vision for Beautiful Beaches, Healthy Waters and Inspired People.

Our mission is simple and tangible: to enable people to look after the coastlines and waterways they love. To deliver on this mission, we coordinate and support large-scale coastal clean-up events, riparian planting and restoration activities, education programmes, public awareness campaigns and training workshops.

We work collaboratively with a range of demographics around New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, bringing together local and central government, community groups, NGOs, businesses, schools, universities and the general public to address marine and freshwater pollution.

We run two core programmes, both of which directly involve communities in positive outcomes for the coastlines and waterways they love.

The first – Love Your Coast – targets marine litter through awareness and prevention education, beach clean-ups, and data collection. Through these interventions this programme actively prevents litter from entering marine environments, removes existing rubbish, and provides detailed evidence on the state of the pollution problem. See our educational presentation here.

The second – Love Your Water – focuses on freshwater restoration through water quality education, riparian / waterway tree planting and establishment of nurseries and other community-based efforts to upscale our impacts. This programme restores freshwater ecosystems; stabilising waterway slopes, reducing sedimentation, filtering nutrients and reducing chemicals and pathogens, all while improving biodiversity and natural habitats. See our educational presentation here.

Both these programmes are both highly replicable around Aotearoa and globally. We share our open-source tools and resources with anyone through our online platforms at www.loveyourcoast.org and www.loveyourwater.org

We work hard to develop capacity within local communities by training people in the solutions we have found effective to address marine and freshwater pollution. We offer training workshops in Event Management, Presentation Delivery, Charity Governance and Strategy, all of which motivate trained ‘Ambassadors’ to be kaitiaki / guardians of their local waterways and coastlines. Register for training here.

Through regular networking meetings and practical training activities, we support Ambassadors to run clean-up, tree planting, education and outreach activities in their communities, furthering our impacts to look after the places we love.