On the morning of Thursday 10 March, 20 keen Corona staff, accompanied by fans-favourite musician Laughton Kora, bordered their charter vessel in Westhaven bound for the beautiful shores of Waiheke Island. The perfect blue skies and light winds made for a pleasant trip through the inner gulf before nuzzling into the wharf at Matiatia where they were welcomed to the island by Sustainable Coastlines’ Camden Howitt and Ryley Webster.
After a short scenic van ride the troupe arrived at a specially selected clean-up location that was not for the faint hearted. This was a testament to Corona’s commitment to the cause: they had requested a clean-up area where their young, fit staff could roll up their sleeves and be of most benefit. Over the course of the next hour the team removed a whopping 1,575 litres (304kg’s) of rubbish from the mangroves and causeway near to Ostend township. Sometimes up their knees in mud, sweat beading off their foreheads, the team emerged from the mangroves with 7 tyres, 3 chairs, 150 glass bottles and a massive haul of single-use plastic products that had found its way into the estuary by way of careless litterers on land.
The amount of rubbish collected was an eye opener for many of the Corona staff and reconfirmed the need for increased understanding about the impacts that plastic products have on the marine environment and human health. It also highlighted the tangible impact that a small group of caring coast lovers can have through taking positive action.
After a well-deserved water break and photo opportunity, the team returned to Matiatia to board their charter vessel feeling very satisfied with a job well done!
A big high-five to the team from Corona for your outstanding effort and a thank you also to the Waiheke Island Transfer Station for sponsoring the disposal of all rubbish collected.