Litter Intelligence Citizen Science Survey & Audit – Whitireia Park, Porirua | Sustainable Coastlines

Event details

Apr 2023

Remember to bring:

  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Sun-smart gear
  • Raincoats and appropriate clothing for the day on the coast
  • Reusable drink bottle, filled and ready to go

We will provide: 

  • All relevant gear: gloves, sacks
  • Health and Safety documentation & briefing
  • First aid trained staff and first aid kits
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Rubbish removal to transfer station

Are you interested in taking action against ocean pollution? Do you want to contribute to New Zealand’s progress toward Sustainable Development Goals Reporting?

Join us on Saturday 29th of April from 10:00am to 2:00pm for a Litter Intelligence  survey and audit at Whitireia Park, Porirua.

This open event in is an opportunity to meet and greet other Citizen Scientists while we do the mahi towards a cleaner coastline. The event is free however we do ask you to please register so we can make sure we have enough equipment.

Please register via the registration link below

Everything will be provided including health and safety documents, equipment and refreshments.


  • 10:00am – Meet at the end of Whitireia Road at Whitireia Park. Introduction and Health & Safety briefing.
  • 10:45am – Beach Litter Survey
  • 11:45am – Beach Litter Audit
  • 12:45pm – Wider area beach clean up
  • 1.45pm  – Snacks and refreshments
  • 2:00pm– Event Ends

Any questions – contact Nate on [email protected]

About the Litter Intelligence Programme

Working in collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment, Statistics New Zealand and the Department of Conservation, we have developed a national beach litter monitoring programme that will enable us to build an accurate picture of the beach litter problem in New Zealand and help to prioritise solutions.

By working to a United Nations Environment Program survey methodology, the data is collected at the highest standard of scientific rigour, allowing it to be used for national, regional and international reporting, including progress against UN Sustainable Development Goals.

To collect the beach litter data long-term, we work with community groups & organisations to conduct beach litter surveys across Aotearoa at least four times per year. We provide the training and tools required to take part in this project as Citizen Scientists, conducting regular litter surveys at their chosen local beach sites and loading the litter data into a new, easy to use nationwide beach litter Citizen Science Platform/App we’ve developed specifically for the project. The Litter Intelligence litter data base also includes a solutions data base and some awesome litter data visualisation tools that are in development at present. All the litter data collected is freely available to the groups involved as well as to the wider public and decision makers.

Interested in setting up your own site but can’t make the event? Please complete this form and we’ll reach out.


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