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Well hello there

If you’ve just found us, it’s nice to meet you. Sustainable Coastlines is a young, multi-award winning New Zealand charity run by a small team of hard-working staff and a network of passionate volunteers and interns. 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.


Green Ribbon Award winner 2013

Our Impact

  • 51,121
    Event Participants
  • 152,890
    Presentation Views
  • 1,170,953
    Litres of rubbish
  • 34,832
    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.

A little more background

Since early 2008 we’ve successfully motivated volunteers to remove huge hauls of rubbish from coastlines around New Zealand and the Pacific. During this time we’ve raised large-scale awareness about the challenges our marine environments face and the simple solutions to look after our coastlines. We’ve done this through direct participation, wide-reaching media exposure and public advertising campaigns, as well as through educational presentations to tens of thousands of school students, businesses and community groups.

In December 2010 we spearheaded an ongoing project called Love your Coast that launched with massive clean-up events around the country involving over 5,500 people. This resulted not only in the removal of tonnes of rubbish from our coastlines, but in the establishment of our free event planning tool and network (www.loveyourcoast.org) that helps anyone running their own coastal clean-up to plan and promote their event.

Since the launch of Love your Coast dozens of coastal clean-up events have been independently created and schools have begun to adopt what they learned from the experience into their existing ongoing curriculum. This will continue to grow as we share our experience and knowledge more widely in New Zealand through educational presentations and events.

We focus on simple, positive, grass roots actions that combine hands-on learning with fun in a setting that everyone loves. By doing so we attract a vast cross-section of volunteers to our events and have quickly gained a large and highly engaged following. As we grow we will increase the effectiveness of our operations in all areas. To achieve this we will:

  • Coordinate wider-reaching, more holistic projects.
  • Train more volunteers to spread our activities and messages far and wide.
  • Get into more schools (through educational presentations and development of resources for the New Zealand school curriculum).
  • Secure further regional, national and international media exposure.
  • Create more effective public awareness campaigns.

Our purpose

Coastal clean-up operations

Our activities reduce the human impact on the environment primarily through the removal of non-biodegradable waste. Our coastal clean-up projects make much more than a visual difference to the coast: they create awareness of important environmental problems, involve local communities, and provide an inspiring and educational event.

Advancement of education

Education is our major charitable focus and we work hard to ensure that learning is passed on throughout all of our activities. Our events aim to advance this education through hands-on learning, where participants develop a real understanding of our impact on the environment and ways in which we can reduce this.

Our educational work extends to all sectors of the community and we have delivered educational presentations on the challenges of marine pollution to schools, businesses, community groups, governmental departments and community probation service workers.

Promoting sustainable revenue practices

We promote sustainable revenue practices, taking a holistic view of the environment. These are projects aimed at increasing the sustainability of community resources. We achieve this by providing such projects with volunteers, funding, consultation, events and comparative analysis.

An example of one such sustainable revenue practice is the activity of planting waterways to reduce farm nutrient run off, while enhancing the water quality that flows through streams and into the coastal environment.