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Volunteers wanted for Gisborne Coastal Clean-ups

East Coast

On the back of the largest clean-up we have ever held in New Zealand — in January 2010 — we have returned to Te Tairãwhiti / East Coast with an educational road show and community clean-up events. Over the past two weeks we have been working up and down the East Coast and have already motivated nearly 500 students from schools between Hick’s Bay and Tolaga Bay to remove over 10,000 litres of rubbish from our coastlines.

Now we are calling for volunteers from in and around Gisborne to join us this Saturday for a big beach clean-up at Waikanae Beach. Simply meet us at 10am at the carpark by the Midway Surf Club on Waikanae Beach (see map of meeting place here), pick up your gloves and rubbish sacks, and head to the beach to show your love for this beautiful stretch of coastline. Check out the Facebook event page for more details.

Just look out for our big blue and white flags and campervan in the carpark — we won’t be hard to find. If you have your own transportation you are welcome to meet us, pick up rubbish sacks, and head out to any other beach in the area: the more clean beaches the better!

For those based in Wairoa and Mahia, we will run clean-up events in your town early next week and would love for you to join us. Just meet our team at the following times and places:

  • Wairoa: Meet on Monday 22 August at 1pm at Whakamahia
  • Mahia: Meet on Tuesday 23 August at 2pm at the Whangawehi Boat Harbour

So why have we returned to Te Tairãwhiti / East Coast?

Thanks to a fantastic effort from dedicated communities all along the coast, our last visit to these shores resulted in their biggest ever haul of rubbish from the coast in New Zealand: over 12 tonnes in one day.

After such an enthusiastic reception in 2010, we are stoked to be working again with the people of Te Tairãwhiti / East Coast to keep our unique coastline beautiful.

Education and community awareness are key aspects of our activity. “We are teaching children the importance of protecting our coastlines and providing them with a fun solution. By becoming kaitiaki (guardians), they can take ownership of their coastline, protect this resource for future generations and take pride in the process,” says Event Manager Mitzi Borren.

This trip, during which they are visiting rural schools as well as larger Gisborne-based ones, will extend on the educational presentations Sustainable Coastlines has already delivered to over 15,500 school students across the country.

“We are lucky to have the support of KEA Campers for this trip” says Borren, “which will allow our team to reach the most remote and isolated of communities along this amazing stretch of coast.”

The response from the local community has been incredible so far. Schools have been very engaged during the presentations and the young people of Te Tairãwhiti have truly shown how much they love their coastlines when we head out with them to clean-up the beach.

Anyone wanting to book-in a free presentation for their school / community group, offer their support or with questions about the clean-up events can contact Event Manager Mitzi Borren on 021 191 2111 or learn@sustainablecoastlines.org