Mother of All Clean Ups 2022 – New Brighton Beach Station | Sustainable Coastlines

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Event impacts

We thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Mother of All Clean Ups event 2022. It was a beautiful morning on the eve of Mother’s Day which helped attract a large number of enthusiastic volunteers.

Spreading along 7 km of beach, from North New Brighton to Southshore Spit, 109 volunteers removed 21 full sacks/ 1050 litres of rubbish from the coastline – an amazing effort. From chairs to fence posts, a water pistol to an oven there was quite an array of items out there. A number of participants commented on the large amount of cigarette butts they found, a reminder to always bin the butt!

Those numbers contributed to the wider Mother of all Clean Ups event totals – 665 volunteers removed 376 bags of rubbish from our awa and moana in a single morning.

A big thank you to the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai Trust for organising such an impactful event and to the organisers of the other clean-up stations: Conservation Volunteers NZ, Whaka Ora- Healthy Harbours, both Avon-Ōtākaro and Ōpāwaho-Heathcote river network groups and City Care.

The Mother of All Clean Ups was supported by the Christchurch City Council, RATA foundation and Environment Canterbury.

Event details

May 2022

Remember to bring:

  • Closed-toed, sturdy shoes
  • Sun-smart gear
  • Raincoat and appropriate clothing for the day on the coast
  • Reusable drink bottle, filled and ready to go
  • Extra snacks if you think you’ll get hungry! Light refreshments will be provided at the end of the event, please bring more if required.
  • Camera!

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
  • Refreshments

Please read the event instructions and REGISTER below:

On Saturday 7 May 2022, we’re running a public clean-up at New Brighton Beach as part of The Mother of All Clean Ups!

Held on the eve of Mother’s Day, this annual event aims to raise awareness of litter in our awa and moana with approx. 200 km of riverbank and estuary edge, Lyttelton Harbour Basin and beach areas being cleaned up in a single morning.

We are stoked to be running the beach clean station this year at New Brighton. We will be sending volunteers to clean up different spots along the beach from Southshore Spit to the Pier. We will also be running a Litter Intelligence survey & audit, so we can capture data on what items are found on this coastline.

All equipment will be provided including gloves, sacks, health and safety documents, and refreshments.


  • 9:00am – Event sign-in begins at home base – outside New Brighton Library
  • 9:15am – General welcome and Mother of All Clean Ups event intro
  • 9:20am – Love Your Coast presentation and H&S briefing
  • 9:45am – Clean-up instructions and equipment hand-out
  • 10:00am – Clean-up begins
  • 11:30pm – Clean up finishes
  • 12:00pm – Celebration at home base with Phoenix drinks and snacks!

Any questions – contact Emma on [email protected]


Please enter your registration details here. This helps us with event planning, and allows us to get in touch again if there are any important event announcements or major changes.

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