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Te Tairawhiti / East Coast Clean-up

Coastal clean-up

Sat, Jan 2, 2010
Te Tairawhiti / East Coast

800 volunteers working along 270km’s of beautiful coastlines have removed nearly 12 tonnes of rubbish from our beaches and coastal areas. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out in the lead up to the event and on the day, your support was awesome and we couldn’t have done it without you. 

Event media

Check out the articles covering this event at the links below:



Event details 

For all participants based in Gisborne – come to the Gisborne Soundshell at 87 Centennial Marine Drive (see map below – same venue as concerts from BW Camping Festival) between 8am and 10am to register for the event, get your rubbish sacks, and for buses out to local beaches.

Afterwards, come picnic and party with us back at the Soundshell from 5pm, BYO food and drinks, and FREE gig featuring Blackbird.

R18 after party at Poverty Bay Club (38 Childers Road) with Dub Soldier (UK), A.D.A.M (bFM), thirtyeightforty and more ($10 entry includes a free drink, drink specials all night thanks to Monteiths, Yealands and Jagermeister).

There will be coastal clean-ups happening all along Te Tairawhiti/East Coast from Hicks Bay to Mahia Peninsula. Clean-ups are organised for Hicks Bay, Rangitukia, Port Awanui, Reporua, Tuparoa, Whareponga, Waipiro, Anaura, Kaiaua (Beach Races 31st Dec), Tolaga, Waihau Bay, Whangara, Pouawa/Turihaua, Tatapouri, Makorori, Wainui, Kaiti, Muriwai, Mahanga, Whangaweihi, Mahia Beach, and Opoutama.

For further details contact Panapa on 027 369 6935 or Emily on 021 116 6177.

Plan for the day on Saturday 2 January

8am – 10am
Registration at the Soundshell, Centennial Marine Drive, Gisborne

10am – 2pm
Clean-up coastlines from Hicks Bay to Mahia

5pm – 9pm
Post-clean-up Gig at the Soundshell – free entry to all clean-up participants

9pm – late
Afterparty at Poverty Bay Club (www.thepovertybayclub.co.nz)



Event background

The Tairawhiti area is unique to Aotearoa and the world. The region is the first place in the world to see the light of 2010 and, fittingly, Sustainable Coastlines is coordinating a large scale coastal clean-up that is open to everyone the following day on the 2nd of January.

This is an opportunity for you to experience one of the beautiful spots along the Tairawhiti coast and give something back to the beaches and coastlines we all love. We’re aiming to cover the area between Te Araroa lighthouse (East Cape) in the North to the Mahia Peninsular in the South, which gives you a whole lot of great clean-up locations to choose from. Some bus transport will be provided, using Gisborne’s main beach as a meeting spot in the morning.

Whanau/family, partygoers, surfers, clubbies, divers, fishermen and anyone who loves the beach are invited to help out. All are then invited to come to our celebration afterwards, right opposite the town beach at the Gisborne Soundshell. Those that participate in the clean-up will have free entry to this – our way of saying thanks for helping out.

There will be a prize draw, giveaways and a competition for the best bit of treasure found on the coast (aarrrrgh).

Register to participate by emailing info@sustainablecoastlines.org with REGISTER in the subject line and keep checking back on this page for updates. You can also sign-up to our mailing list (see box on the right hand side of our homepage) to get regular updates on what we’re doing to sustain and protect our coastlines. More event details coming soon.