Friday 5 June was World Environment Day, a perfect time to get outdoors and give back to the places we love. To celebrate we headed out to Auckland’s beautiful Rangitoto Island with 38 keen staff from Samsung Electronics New Zealand.
After boarding the ferry in Devonport around midday volunteers arrived on the island soon after to a veritable feast held under the Rangitoto Wharf shelter, with tea, Eighthirty coffee, Phoenix Organics drinks and delicious salads to accompany a mid-winter BBQ. Once the team were fuelled up and ready to go, a quick safety was held and the crew split into two groups to hit the coastlines directly east and west from Rangitoto Wharf.
For the most part the weather played ball, with only a brief shower interrupting an otherwise sunny and fresh winters day. The lion’s share of the rubbish found quite clearly had come from Auckland City, floating across the harbour and washing up on the rocky shores of Rangitoto. Together the hard working crew managed to remove a solid 1,300 litres of rubbish from the coastlines, equivalent to 26 full rubbish sacks’ worth, a mighty fine effort from all!
This type of hands-on action proves to be an excellent, practical and fun way for anyone to learn about how the constant stream of litter from Auckland’s streets flows out through storm drains and affects the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. A huge thank you to all of the staff at Samsung for your efforts.
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