Love Your Coast Terawhiti/Makara Clean-up | Sustainable Coastlines

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Sun
01
Dec 2013

Participants need to bring:

  • Sturdy shoes: this area has some challenging coastal terrain with rocks that can be sharp, loose and slippery. You’ll need closed-toe, sturdy shoes (such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots).
  • Warm and waterproof clothes: NZ weather is unpredictable, especially out here. Bring at least one warm top (ideally old woollen) and a rain jacket.
  • Sun hat and sun cream.
  • Reusable water bottle (filled-up and ready to go).
  • Camera (optional) – this is a unique and beautiful location and we would love to see your photos after the event.
  • Your own 4WD (optional) – this is a rare opportunity to explore an amazing area that is usually closed to public access.

Around 80 volunteers managed to collect more than 10,500 litres of rubbish on Sunday 1 December at Makara Beach near Wellington as part of our Love your Coast Wellington initiative.

The haul saw many single-use plastics and rope recovered. Even a message in a bottle – that appeared to have been dropped in Lake Taupo (as revealed by the note inside) and travelled to the ocean through the Waikato River – was found in Ohau Bay on Terawhiti Station, which picks up large amounts of rubbish from the strong Nor-Westerly winds that make the site such a good area for a wind farm.

Meridian Energy is principal sponsor of the Love your Coast Wellington educational roadshow and coastal clean-ups this year, which included the special Terawhiti/Makara volunteer day.

“As a company that puts a lot of emphasis on sustainability, we’re proud to lend our support to this event,” says Meridian GM external relations Guy Waipara. “It was a great result for the Makara community and we had a good windy day to see West Wind Farm in full flight in the background,” he says.

Last year, the team removed a staggering 23,150 litres during the same event, more than twice the amount picked up on Sunday. Sam Judd, the charity’s co-founder said that a drop in the amount of rubbish found this year was a good result because it shows that their educational presentations, combined with regular clean-ups like this can help reduce the impact of rubbish on our coastlines and wildlife.

 


 

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Join us from 9.30am to 3.00pm on Sunday 1 December for a fantastic day of adventure and exploration, all while giving back to the beautiful Makara Beach and the coastline surrounding Meridian Energy’s West Wind Farm. This wild piece of spectacular coastline, although well looked after by the locals, is affected by a regular flow of waste, so we are going to give it a good pre-summer clean-up.

Meet at the Sustainable Coastlines ‘Education Station’ container on Makara Beach at 9.30am on Sunday 1 December to sign-in and collect equipment, for a 10.00am start. From there we will split into teams and head out along the coastline on foot and by 4WD vehicle to clean-up the area from Makara Beach around to Ohau Bay and all the way to the Karori lighthouse on the South Coast.

Bring your own 4WD or jump in one that is provided to join the convoy. This will be a unique opportunity to explore the incredibly beautiful bays that are usually closed to the public where unfortunately, tonnes of littered plastic rubbish washes up.

Bring a packed lunch and join us after for a free sausage sizzle from 12.30pm at Makara Beach provided with the support of Meridian Energy, whose staff will be mucking-in to clean-up too.

Any questions, contact Event Director Sam Judd at sam@sustainablecoastlines.org

 

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Sat
14
Dec 2013

On Saturday 14 December we invite you, your family and friends to attend a celebration as the finale to our huge Love your Coast Wellington project. Thousands of volunteers across the Wellington region are joining forces to look after our coasts during our five-week-long project; certainly an effort worth celebrating.

Please join us for special (and free) outdoor screening of dramatic award-winning film Planet Ocean at Waitangi Park on Wellington’s waterfront, starting once darkness falls at 8.30pm.

The celebration promises to be a treat for the whole family, with kids’ games, kite-making workshops and a gold-coin donation sausage sizzle at Waitangi Park from 1pm.

Planet Ocean is a 90 minute film directed by world-acclaimed photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot. This incredible cinema adventure brought along a unique pool of researchers, oceanographers and biologists, and with astonishing photography, this film takes us on a magnificent and unprecedented journey into the heart of the least known regions of our planet. The film narrates the most marvelous and also the most terrifying human experiences of our time. Filmed in extreme geographical conditions all over the globe, it describes the modern Odyssey of people who go out to discover their blue planet.

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On Saturday 16 November, a core crew of Air New Zealand Greenteam and their families joined us for a clean-up of the beautiful shorelines of Auckland’s Mangere Bridge. Auckland turned on the weather for the day and the volunteers managed to gather an impressive 2,100 litres — or over 41 full sacks — of rubbish from the coast, a superb effort on an sunny summer day.

At midday the troops were refueled with a stop-off at the Mangere Boating Club for a delicious BBQ, before continuing on around Kiwi Esplanade for an afternoon clean-up.

This cooperative effort helps raise awareness of urban littering that makes its way into our oceans, more often than not through our storm water drains. This kind of hands-on action reaffirms the initial briefing the staff were given before the clean-up and opened a lot eyes to the issue of rubbish in marine environments.

In the course of applied action like this over our past few years of operations we have found this to be an admirable, practical, fun way for organisations and their employees to learn about how litter from our streets affects our coastlines. If your organisation would like to take part in an event like this, contact us today.

 

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Sun
01
Dec 2013

Clean-up of this stunning West Coast beach on Sunday 1 December. Meet us in South Piha from 1.00pm to 5.00pm in front of the Surf Live Saving Club. Look out for our big blue Sustainable Coastlines flags. Come say hi, grab your rubbish sacks and gloves and help us give a little loving back to this epic spot.

Free BBQ for participants at 5.00pm. To sweeten the deal even more we are working with Jack Johnson on his 2013 ‘From Here To Now To You Tour’, and all clean-up participants will be in to win a double ticket to Jack Johnson’s concert in Auckland’s ASB Theatre on Tuesday 3 December. You’ve got to be in to win, so we’ll see you at Piha!

Our clean-up also fits-in nicely with New Zealand’s first National Surfing Day, so bring along your board, celebrate our seas, and help us keep our beaches the way they should be: litter-free.

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Over four events held on Thursday 17, Friday 18, Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 October, staff from Mercedes-Benz joined our team, along with the experienced crew from Watercare Harbour Clean-up Trust, to clean-up the coast on Auckland’s iconic Rangitoto Island.

Volunteers trooped around the rugged shoreline around McKenzie, Coastguard and Islington Bays, picking-up an impressive 2,050 litres of rubbish (over 41 full sacks) in total: a great effort on Rangitoto’s challenging terrain.

This type of hands-on action is an excellent, practical, 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.

Thank you to all Mercedes-Benz staff for your fantastic effort and enthusiasm throughout these events, and thanks also to the Watercare Harbour Clean-up Trust for your continued logistical support, your help is always much appreciated.

If you’d like to take part in an event like this, contact us today.

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On Friday 25 October, 10 hardy souls from the Sony New Zealand joined us for a clean-up on Auckland’s Rangitoto Island. With an ominous weather forecast, the team was pleasantly surprised with a magnificent sunny day and smooth ferry ride.

Out on the Island, the famous Rangitoto rock proved a challenging location for the committed team, however impressively the crew managed to collect over 350 litres of trash and remove it from the beautiful coastline. Some of the litter found on this clean-up was used to create a special collaborative schools artwork for Art In The Dark this year at Western Park, a great way to give this litter a new life. The crew enjoyed a delicious lunch on the island before heading back home to Auckland.

We enjoy getting our sleeves rolled up and assisting people with this kind of practical action. It is a great and fun way to learn about the constant flow of rubbish from Auckland’s storm water system, and highlights the effects this flow has on the Gulf Islands.

A huge thank you to the Sony team for your committed efforts and ongoing support in helping us remove rubbish from our beautiful coasts. A massive thanks also to the Watercare Harbour Clean-up Trust for your continued logistical support, your assistance is always valued and appreciated.

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Sat
07
Dec 2013

Love adventure? Love your coast? Join us for some fun above and below the water and help keep Wellington’s waterfront clean. If you are an experienced scuba diver or would like to volunteer in kayaks to remove rubbish come along to the steps next to the diving platform on Taranaki Wharf on the 7th December between 1pm and 5pm. Divers will be in the water from 1.45 to 2.45pm. Bring your dive gear and kayaks along. Food provided afterwards for all participants.

To find out more email jo@sustainablecoastlines.org or call 022 137 1533.

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We love what we do, but we need your help. Our small team works hard to deliver educational presentations to schools, community groups and organisations around New Zealand and the Pacific. We teach simple steps and creative changes that anyone can make to prevent litter from getting to our coastlines in the first place. In other words: the fence at the top of the cliff, not just the ambulance at the bottom. We’ve spent the past four years fine-tuning our presentation and now we are looking for people to help us spread the message far and wide.

On Saturday 19 October, as part of the Sustainable Business Network’s Sustainable City Showcase, we’re running a workshop to pass on the core skills and knowledge necessary to deliver our proven educational presentation. The workshop is two hours in length and involves a multimedia presentation and interactive training session. The workshop will be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 19 October, upstairs on the mezzanine floor at The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland CBD.

This is just one of a series of workshops that we will be running around New Zealand, so if you are unable to attend this workshop and/or are interested in other areas of training, please fill in your details on our expressions of interest form.

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Sustainable Coastlines in collaboration with Art In The Dark presents New Light, a new creative project for 2013.

Art in the Dark is New Zealand’s premier light art festival that transforms Auckland’s Western Park into an illuminated buzzing hub of activity with over 40,000 visitors. The park is lit up with over 30 art works ranging from installations, projections and performances to large-scale immersive experiences that are powered with clean energy and are made from recycled, renewable and sustainable materials.

In conjunction with the event each year, there is also an environmental education programme run in local primary schools. Kids get to learn about how they can help the environment while creating an artwork that is displayed at the event for the whole community to enjoy.

This year for the environmental education program in schools, we are collaborating with Art In The Dark and renowned local artist Alexander Bartleet to raise awareness of the problem of litter in the marine environment. At Sustainable Coastlines, we are devoted to educating people about the challenges of rubbish in our local environment. Art In The Dark is a great opportunity to run educational programs and creative projects around the issues of marine debris.

A limited number of lucky schools will get the chance to be involved in this amazing educational experience, visit Rangitoto Island, and be part of creating an epic installation that will be unveiled and displayed in Western Park at the Art in the Dark event this November.

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During the first two weeks of term four, Sustainable Coastlines and the Art in the Dark team will visit the participating schools and host fun, inspiring and interactive lessons educating students about the threat of plastic in our oceans.

There is an opportunity for the children to see the reality of the problem first hand and help to do something about it by visiting Rangitoto Island, courtesy of Fullers, and participate in a beach clean-up.

Next it will be the kids’ turn to educate and inspire the wider community to rethink the consumption and disposal of everyday plastic items by creating an art installation made from the rubbish they collect at Rangitoto and using other forms of waste shown in a new light.

The concept of the installation is to create a large creature-like structure that will be put together like a jigsaw from the different pieces created individually by each school.

Each of the participating schools will create their own unique part of the puzzle – a 3-dimensional shape collaged with plastic – which will be joined together to form a mystery structure/creature that will be unveiled at Art in the Dark from 7 to 9 November, 2013.

Sony prizes will be awarded in different categories for the schools that create the most impressive pieces.

If your school would like to take part in this incredible project, or if you would like more information please contact chris@sustainablecoastlines.org as soon as possible to see if we can get you or your school involved.

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We love what we do, but we need your help. Our small team works hard to deliver educational presentations to schools, community groups and organisations around New Zealand and the Pacific. We teach simple steps and creative changes that anyone can make to prevent litter from getting to our coastlines in the first place. In other words: the fence at the top of the cliff, not just the ambulance at the bottom. We’ve spent the past four years fine-tuning our presentation and now we are looking for people to help us spread the message far and wide.

On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October, as part of Wellington’s Go Green Expo, we’re running workshops to pass on the core skills and knowledge necessary to deliver our proven educational presentation. Workshops are two hours in length and involve a multimedia presentation and interactive training session. Workshops will be held upstairs in the TSB Arena (first stairs on the left after you come through the main entrance) at the following times:

  • Saturday 12 October, 11am to 1pm
  • Sunday 13 October, 2pm to 4pm

We’re looking for passionate people of any age or background to get involved. For detailed information on how to get to TSB Arena, including public transport and parking information, see here.

This is the first in a series of workshops that we will be running around New Zealand, so if you are unable to attend this workshop and/or are interested in other areas of training, please fill in your details on our expressions of interest form.