Well that was a fun one! We’re completely overwhelmed with gratitude for the tenacity and spirit of the 60 Wellingtonians that simply ignored the wind and rain and came out in force to pick up more than 2800 litres of rubbish from Island, Princess, Houghton and Lyall Bays along Wellington’s South Shore.
We had representatives from Lyall Bay Coast Care and Sea Shepherd there to highlight the amazing work they do Every Month at their respective beaches of Lyall Bay and Evan’s Bay.
For everyone’s comfort and safety we saw the weather coming and moved the meeting location to the band stand at Island Bay – and just as well! Evan’s Bay was completely washed out.
The day was opened with a Mihi and Karakia from Te Kawa, then everyone signed in, grabbed their bags and reusable gloves and got stuck in. We spread out along Wellington’s beautiful south shore to find the nooks and crannies where the rubbish is carried by wind and tide and what an amazing job everyone did! We all came together afterwards, smiling and soggy for a tasty muffin, scone and a Phoenix Juice.
Once again the event was sponsored by Corona and Fly My Pretties and Sam from Corona crew was on hand with his landrover to help raise awareness of the issues facing our beaches. Because of the amazing effort, everyone who showed up was offered a ticket to the concert! A massive reward for a fantastic effort – everyone left feeling positive and stoked.
Thanks again to Corona and Fly My Pretties for helping us run these events. Thanks to Lyall Bay Coast Care and Sea Shepherd Wellington who run their monthly clean-ups. Thanks to Phoenix Drinks for constant support. And finally thank you to the Sustainable Coastlines staff and all the volunteers who took time out of their Sunday to help give love to their coast and make this event a success.
Oliver & Sara
UPDATE – EVENT SITE MOVED TO ISLAND BAY!
Due to the good old Wellington weather forecast on Sunday morning (and because we love you), we are shifting the location of the clean-up to a more sheltered spot for your comfort.
We are now meeting at the Band Rotunda at ISLAND BAY – please see map here but we are still running the cleanup from 10am! We will still have food, but won’t run a BBQ due to the weather so we’ll have muffins and juice for registered attendees.
Sustainable Coastlines has partnered with our friends from Corona and Fly My Pretties, to help clean-up Wellington’s Island Bay on Sunday 22 January 2017. Thanks to Corona, the first 40 clean-up volunteers will receive tickets to the Fly My Pretties concert at Wellington Botanical Gardens the same evening. All volunteers need to register first, please do so through the form below.
Look for the big blue Sustainable Coastlines flags in the middle of Shortland Park, Island Bay, from 10.00am to 1.00pm. We’ll be providing food for returning volunteers from 12 noon. Rubbish sacks, gloves and health and safety information will be provided – all you need to do is sign in, collect clean-up equipment and get stuck in!
Fly My Pretties will also be lending a hand on the day so this is a great opportunity to work alongside them as we all do our part in keeping our coastlines the way they should be: litter free. We’re looking forward to giving some love back to this beautiful stretch of coast. Come one, come all, see you there!
PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Rainger, Clean Media
Participants need to bring:
- Closed-toe sturdy shoes, such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots are required for participation. Coastal terrain can be challenging with rocks that can be sharp, loose and slippery.
- Warm and waterproof clothes: check the weather first and be prepared for all scenarios.
- Sun hat and sun cream.
- Reusable water bottle (filled-up and ready to go).
- Camera (optional): we would love to see your photos after the event. Tag us on social media, use the hashtag #loveyourcoast or send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please register now to confirm your attendance, it is mandatory for all attendees and only takes 30 seconds! If you cannot see the registration form below, please register here.