Motuihe Island Clean-up with Kathmandu | Sustainable Coastlines

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Event Details

Mar 2017

What does the day involve?

  • 09:00 All participants meet at Z-Pier, Westhaven Marina.
  • 09:30 sharp(!) Boat departs Z-Pier, bound for Motuihe Island. Welcome and introductions by Kathmandu and Sustainable Coastlines
  • 10:30 Love Your Coast litter awareness presentation and safety briefing
  • 10.50 Arrive at Motuihe Island
  • 11:00 Introduction to Motuihe Island, gear hand out and clean-up commences
  • 13:00 Return to base for a delicious FREE Mexican-inspired lunch
  • 14:30 Boat departs for our return to Auckland
  • 16:00 Arrive back at Z-Pier, Westhaven Marina

*Please note that we’ll need to be flexible with these times on the day, however the boat will leave at 09:30 on the dot!



What do you need to bring?

  • Closed-toe sturdy shoes, such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots are required for participation. Gumboots are not allowed. Coastal terrain can be challenging with rocks that can be sharp, loose and slippery.
  • Warm and waterproof clothes: NZ weather is unpredictable. Bring at least one warm top layer and a rain jacket.
  • Sun hat and sun cream.
  • Snacks, as desired (FREE BBQ lunch will be provided by Kathmandu)
  • Reusable water bottle (filled-up and ready to go).
  • Camera (optional) – this is a unique and beautiful location and we’d love to see your photos. Use #loveyourcoast on social media or email to [email protected]
  • Your old mobile phone to recycle through the RE:Mobile phone recycling scheme.

On Saturday 25th March over 65 keen coast-lovers joined the team from Kathmandu and Sustainable Coastlines to clean-up Auckland’s iconic Motuihe Island. The majority were Kathmandu Summit Club members and for many it was their first time on the island, considered one of the gems of the Hauraki Gulf.

The day started at Westhavens Z Pier where we boarded the Big Red Boat bound for Motuihe. On route Sustainable Coastlines delivered an informative educational presentation on the impact of plastic pollution and we all discussed solutions to address the issue. After a quick safety briefing it was time to disembark and be welcomed onto the island by the friendly and knowledgeable staff from DOC.

After an energy boosting fruit snack we split into groups and made our way to the designated clean-up locations. In a little over 1hr 30mins the super-fit and highly motivated clean-up crews cleaned up Waihaorangatahi Bay, Takutairaroa Bay (Ocean Beach), Snapper Bay and Otamarau Bay (Calypso Bay), amassing 400 litres of rubbish (56kg’s). The teams returned to base camp with sweaty brows and plenty of bounty to find a delicious catered lunch, care of Mexicali, all prepared by camp mum, Jodi Pretscherer and the wonderful Olivia and Emma from Kathmandu.

After lunch there was free time to lap up the sun and island vibes. Some volunteers chose to partake in games (badminton, croquet and slack-lining) provided by Kathmandu while others swam, kicked their feet up or went on one of the short walks near to the wharf.

Following a big group photo with all the rubbish (treasure!) collected it was time to board the Big Red Boat back to Auckland. The trip home even saw some volunteers with a bit of energy left don their dancing shoes!

A massive team effort from everyone involved with huge thanks to Kathmandu for making this epic event possible!


** Registrations for this event are now closed. We are fully booked! **

On Saturday March 25, 2017, Sustainable Coastlines and Kathmandu invite Kathmandu Summit Club members to the beautiful Motuihe Island for a day of outdoor coastal clean-up action! Motuihe, just like many of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf, catches the flow of Auckland’s rubbish on the out-going tide. Plastic and micro-plastics can now be found washed up amongst the driftwood and sand.

Summit Club members are invited to join us, free of charge, for a Summit Club Adventure on the Gulf to give some love back to Motuihe Island.