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Calling all volunteers for our April events

Papa Aroha

It’s been a while since we last chatted and heaps has been going on. In December, our Love your Coast launch was huge. Over 5,500 people participated in four events and we collectively removed over 69,000 litres (over two full shipping containers) of rubbish from coastlines around the country.

We have set-up our HQ in Upper Queen Street, run a series of epic clean-ups at the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour events, worked with Loop Recording’s sensational Fly My Pretties crew on a clean-up in Napier, travelled to Tonga to check-in on the waste management system we launched in the Ha’apai Islands and two of our founders, Sam Judd and James Bailey, were named New Zealanders of the Year for the Environment in North and South magazine. Phew!

Also two of our crew Sam Judd and Camden Howitt were awarded travel grants to talk trash with the world’s experts at the International Marine Debris Conference in Hawaii this month.

Once again it is that time of the year: The time when we’re mobilising forces to hit the beach with awesome clean-up events in the pipeline…

The Great Coromandel Coastal Clean-up: Saturday 2 April

Sitting directly east of Auckland city and in the firing line of rubbish that comes from industry in the Firth of Thames, the area surrounding Coromandel Town (the inside of the Coromandel Peninsula) is heavily affected by marine debris.

You are all invited to take part in a huge clean-up on Saturday the 2nd of April. If you can’t make it then please do extend the invite to your friends and family: this is going to be another epic mission! All you need to do is register here.

On Monday the 4th we’ll be storming the beaches with school students and already have around 300 kids confirmed. So for all of those keen to flag work on Monday, you are more than welcome to stay on and help supervise the kids!

This picturesque area has a wide variety of stunning coast – including land-based areas and awesome islands just off-shore – where we’ll be sending volunteers to remove as much rubbish as possible.

The event base, Tucks Bay – a beautiful secluded beach surrounded by native bush – is a couple of km north along the coast from Coromandel Town, part of Long Bay Motor Camp. Check it out on a Google Map or check out our fly-in movie to really get a feel for the location…

Anyone participating in the clean-up will get discounted camping on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at $10 / night ($5 / night for children). Of course you don’t have to stay here to be a part of the event – you can find other nearby accommodation options here.

Thanks to the support of Burnsco Marine and Leisure and Club Marine Insurance, we’re pulling together a flotilla of boats so that lucky volunteers can jump on board to have an awesome nautical day out. We’re looking for more boaties to bring their yachts, launches and other watercraft along too: the more the merrier. You can also simply make your own way to the event base at Tucks Bay, pick up equipment and clean-up anywhere on the inside of the unique peninsula that tickles your fancy.

At the end of the day, we have a barbecue celebration planned at the campground. Food, music, great people and an epic adventure after which you will feel good about yourself – what more could you ask for in a weekend away?!

There is a scheduled ferry sailing departing Auckland at 6pm on Friday the 1st of April, and a sailing leaving Coromandel (from Te Kouma) at 4.30pm on Sunday the 3rd. Book now as limited space is available on these boats. See the 360 Discovery Coromandel page for full timetable and fare details.

If you miss out don’t worry, it’s only a 2 and half hour drive from Auckland so get together a group of friends and car pool over for the weekend.

So if you’re looking for a weekend outdoors, or need an excuse to take your boat out for a good cause (and enjoy a spot of fishing while you’re at it) then sign-up here.

Love your Coast North Shore Clean-up: Fri 15 and Sat 16 April

On Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of April, schools, businesses, families, volunteers and all others who love the beaches of Auckland’s North Shore are invited to take part in the Love your Coast North Shore Clean-up.

As you may have seen in the paper over summer, easterly winds (quite common during these hotter months) tend to blow rubbish onto North Shore beaches, so the timing is perfect for a big clean-up.

On Friday the 15th, school students, volunteers and local businesses team-up to hit the beaches, while the Saturday event will be open to the entire community to get involved.

We’re aiming to raise the funds, prizes and volunteer people power to get as much of the community as possible along for what promises to be the biggest event of it’s kind in the area, with huge results to match.

Several North Shore businesses have already made generous contributions and Benefitz – loyal supporters of ours for the past two years – are helping us spearhead this project and will bring their staff out to be team leaders in their own backyard. The team from Lantern Insurance (who already have valuable experience through helping us plan the clean-up on Rangitoto Island last year) will also be joining us on the frontlines.

If your school, organisation, family or friends want to be a part of this event on either (or both) days, simply register here. This will give us a good idea of numbers and locations for our planning purposes and closer to the event we’ll send you further info, including final clean-up meeting locations and times.

At the end of the Saturday clean-up we’ll put on a picnic barbecue, so everyone who participates over the two days can get together and celebrate what they have achieved.

There will be a photo comp for everyone and a creative writing competition for school students. Not only will winners get epic prizes, they’ll also gain the honour and recognition of being published in the local North Shore Channel Mag. There may even be an appearance from the league-leading NZ Breakers basketball team.

If your business or organisation wants to get involved contact us on info@sustainablecoastlines.org or if your local school would like to come along for a brilliant day of hands-on learning with results that everyone will be proud of, contact learn@sustainablecoastlines.org