On Saturday 1 October 2016 our friends from Jasmax — who have generously supported us by designing The Flagship Education Centre — joined our team for a clean-up on Auckland’s iconic Rangitoto Island. The weather forecast was typically patchy for this time of year, but the team was keen and after deciding to push ahead we were rewarded with a perfect weather window for the event, with not a drop of rain!
After a health and safety briefing by Sustainable Coastlines staff, the team headed around the coast from the Rangitoto Wharf, past the iconic baches and on to Flax Point, a spot that tends to bear the brunt of Auckland’s littering problem. Jasmax’s crew put in a solid effort for a couple of hours along the rugged coastline, collecting around six full rubbish sacks of litter and several large fish bins — in all 400 litres of trash. It was an impressive haul, with 5,260 individual pieces of rubbish removed from the coast.
Back at the Rangitoto Wharf Shelter the clean-up crew was rewarded with a delicious BBQ lunch, salads and drinks. During lunch we were regaled with stories of bach-life and history of the island by John and Heather Walsh — some of the few remaining bach owners on Rangitoto. John and Heather were kind enough to show us through their amazing place also, a special for our Jasmax architects and a great way to end the day before heading back to the big smoke.
A huge thanks to all the staff and their family members for turning up to clean-up. Thanks also to Phoenix Organics and Eighthirty Coffee for assistance with delicious drinks and thanks to Hirepool for their help with logistical equipment.