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ELA and Tamaki College Rangitoto Clean-up

Coastal clean-up

Wed, Jun 15, 2011
Rangitoto Island, Auckland

On Wednesday 15 June over 50 students from Tamaki College and Auckland University’s English Language Academy combined forces to remove thousands of litres of trash from the rocky shores of Rangitoto Island. On a chilly winter’s day volunteers worked hard along the challenging rocky terrain and picked up over 3,000 litres of rubbish – an amazing effort.

The day started off well, with a pod of dolphins visiting us on the brief trip over from Auckland’s Downtown Ferry Terminal with Fuller’s Ferries. At Rangitoto Wharf we split into three teams and hit the coast en masse to clean-up this unique island, with epic results. Through hands-on action like this over our past few years of operation we’ve found this to be an excellent, practical, fun way for students (and their teachers!) to learn about how litter from Auckland’s streets flows out through our storm water system and affects coastlines on uninhabited islands like Rangitoto.

Last December a large section of the island was cleaned-up by over 1,200 volunteers in our Love your Coast Rangitoto Island Clean-up, removing over two tonnes of trash. Already these same stretches of coastline are being covered in trash from the nearby city – a perfect illustration of the problem caused by litter on our streets.
A massive thank you to all students and teachers for the fantastic effort you put in giving a little love back to our coastlines. Thank you also to Hayden Smith and Ben Harris from the Waitemata Harbour Clean-up Trust for lending a helping hand on the day, your support is always much appreciated.

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