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.