Yealands Tahuna Torea Clean-up | Sustainable Coastlines

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Oct 2014

On 23 October 2014 the Sustainable Coastlines crew took out staff from our long-term supporter Yealands Family Wines. Sustainable Coastlines has worked first hand with crew from the Marlborough team in the past, however this was the first time we’d been able to head to the beach with their Auckland office.

Before heading out to the coast the we delivered our Love your Coast educational presentation, which demonstrates the challenges and impacts of litter in our oceans, the significance of participating in a beach cleanup, and the importance of choosing alternatives to disposable plastics.

With increased motivation to go out there and get stuck into cleaning up rubbish, the crew made their way out to the beautiful Tahuna Torea Reserve near the mouth of the Tamaki River. After a quick team talk, Yealands crew spread out along the coast and set to the task of removing as much rubbish as possible. Weather had been ominous during the morning, however as anticipated the drizzle cleared for a pleasant afternoon.

Along a coastline that appeared relatively clean, the dedicated group managed to collect an impressive 350 litres of rubbish, most of which was single use plastic. Upon returning to base, an afternoon lunch was served consisting of a gourmet BBQ and a selection of delicious salads.

After lunch, we spread out all the rubbish to have a look at what the items commonly were, discussed how these items made their way onto the coastlines, and what threats they would be to wildlife.

A huge thank you must be extended to the team at Yealands Family Wines, for not only helping us keep out coastlines clean, but also for providing wonderful wines for our charity ball last month that enabled us to raise over thirty thousand dollars to continue to deliver our educational programs and clean-ups.

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Nov 2014

Participants need to bring:

  • Sturdy shoes: this area has some challenging coastal terrain. You’ll need closed-toe, sturdy shoes (such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots).
  • Warm and waterproof clothes: Our weather is unpredictable! Bring at least one warm top (ideally old woolen) and a rain jacket.
  • Sun hat and sun cream.
  • Reusable water bottle (filled-up and ready to go).
  • Camera (optional) – we would love to see your photos after the event.

To celebrate the opening of their new Milford store, we have teamed-up with our friends at Citta Design for a clean-up of Auckland’s marvellous Milford Beach on Saturday 29 November.

Meet at the beachside carpark at the northern end of Craig Road, Milford, anytime from 9.00am to 1.00pm, to sign-in and collect clean-up equipment. Rubbish sacks, gloves and safety information will be provided, just turn up to clean-up. From there we’ll split into teams and head out along the coast to to remove rubbish from this beautiful spot.

All clean-up participants will receive a 20% off discount stamp to use in the new Citta Design Milford store over the weekend, and thanks to our buddies at Phoenix Organics we’ll provide delicious organic drinks for all volunteers. Come one, come all, see you there!

Any questions, contact Chris Cochrane, Event Manager at [email protected]

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Oh no! Sorry, but sporadic rain and wind have forced us to cancel this evening’s movie screening! The weather has been good to us for the past two months during our Love your Coast Wellington event series, allowing us to run 35 clean-ups involving 3,037 people. We also managed to deliver 63 presentations at 33 schools, to 5,273 attendees. Phew, thank you Wellington! More results and photos to come.



Join us on Saturday 13 December from 8.30pm in downtown Wellington’s Waitangi Park for a free outdoor screening of the hilariously peculiar Wes Anderson classic, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. We invite you, your family and friends to come and celebrate the end of the Love your Coast Tour of Wellington for 2014. The efforts of Wellingtonians during the last few months have been epic, with thousands of school children, teachers, divers, kayakers, four wheel drivers, and you — the public — involved.

If you’ve not seen the film ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’, it’s a Wes Anderson masterpiece at it’s most quirky and stylistic, with Bill Murray playing…”the autocratic oceanographer and has-been star of his own self-produced marine documentaries. Zissou is a weird mixture of Jacques Cousteau, Captain Kirk and Captain Bligh, but mainly the French legend Cousteau, to whose calmly paced and lugubriously narrated television shows the movie is a lovingly detailed tribute.” The Guardian Review

The Saturday December 13th screening promises a treat for the whole family, and we’ll have pictures taken from during the last term’s cleanups with the schools on show, as well as the announcement of the writing and photo competition that we’re running with the students.

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Join us at 9:30am on Saturday 29 November on the Wellington Waterfront for a day of SCUBA diving and kayak-based clean-up. The dive site will be on the wharf next to Frank Kitts Lagoon. Last year was a huge effort and this year we’re making a day for the whole family with Diving, Kayaking, Face Painting, Education and Music!!  Both DOC and the University biologists will be on site picking the marine life out of the debris and identifying the critters we find.

Anyone can help! We need volunteers for all the following activities:


Please bring everything you need to dive. Dive Master(s) to give dive safety briefing and supervise divers. Dives will be logged Divers – must be advanced divers with prior dive clean up experience. Please bring your own catch bags, but we will have some spare onion bags as back up.


Snorkelers and free-divers are invited to join the clean-up and focus on Frank Kitts Lagoon.

Wharf cleaners

Anyone on foot can join too!  Our foot soldiers can clean up the litter from under the wharf – gardening gloves& sturdy shoes are essential. Last year some people suggested a head torch would help.  Also we need help under the wharf too – please bring gardening gloves and sturdy shoes are the order of the day and a head torch would help too.

Kayak Support

Kayakers are essential for diver support to help retrieve the rubbish as the divers pass up the bags.


Frank Kitt’s Lagoon – Near the pedestrian bridge.

Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Meagan Miller at [email protected]

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Dec 2014

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.

Any questions, contact Project Manager Oliver Vetter at [email protected]

Please join us from 9.30am to 3.00pm on Saturday 6 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 Saturday 6 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. This, and many other events, are supported by Meridian Energy, who have helped Sustainable Coastlines further its reach in raising awareness and supporting rubbish clean-ups around Wellington region’s coastlines and waterways.

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Sustainable Coastlines has partnered with Phoenix Organics on The Love Project, a project to find out which coasts we love the most. People across the country have voted for their favourite beach, and the soon-to-be-announced winner will receive a clean-up from our crew this summer.

Earlier this year, artists Mica Still, Meghan Geliza and Mulga worked to craft limited edition Love Project labels for the Phoenix Organics drinks range. Now that the project is in its final weeks, we want to show off the artists and their masterpieces and give you one last chance to cast your votes.

This Saturday 8 November, from 12 noon to 4pm, The Love Project comes to central Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, outside Silo 6. Get on down to visit the Sustainable Coastlines and Phoenix Organics crew and watch artists Mica Still and Meghan Geliza create epic, large scale versions of their artworks onto upcycled artboards, made with love from old wooden shipping pallets.

While you’re witnessing the live art show, explore Sustainable Coastlines’ Education Station, learn more about looking after the places we love, and try your hand at our popular ‘Chocolate Fishing’ game. This is also one of your last chances to vote for a clean-up of your favourite stretch of sand on our purpose-built Love Project beach map.

Phoenix will be providing organic refreshments and spot prizes throughout the event, and our friends from George FM will be there with sweet beats all afternoon. We’ll even bring the bean bags, so come down and lounge around in the wonderful surrounds of the Wynyard Quarter.

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On a sunny but windy Tuesday the 23rd of September, staff from our recently launched ‘gold’ sponsors Pureology, Pead PR, and invited media guests joined our team for a clean-up on the stunning sands of Waiheke Island.

After meeting at Auckland’s downtown ferry terminal we made our way across to Waiheke, taking the time to provide important background and context to the littering problem by going through our ‘Love your Coast’ educational presentation at the fabulous Oyster Inn. From there our sixteen-strong crew headed to Surfdale Beach for a clean-up where — in just forty minutes — we managed to collect over 900 individual items from the coastline, an impressive effort!

Thank you to all the keen volunteers for your epic efforts, and a huge thanks to the team from Pureology for your generous and ongoing support. We love your work!

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Sep 2014

On the 9th of September 2014 sixteen students from the English Language Academy and eleven from South Auckland School James Cook High, met for the first time at the downtown ferry terminal and made their way across to Rangitoto Island.

For many students from both schools, this was their first trip over to the Island. Once there, students were mixed into groups and spread out to chat about the very different parts of the world they live in, and to help look after the stunning Hauraki Gulf by getting stuck in and removing rubbish from the coastline.

In just an hour and a half, the group managed to collect an impressive 420 liters of rubbish from the rugged coastline, or over 100 individual pieces per person!

To reward themselves for a job well done the group made it to the top of the summit to enjoy views of the Gulf and Auckland City, and to top the experience off, a pod of dolphins swam in and breached the surface right beside the wharf as the ferry approached.

Thanks team, good job!

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Sep 2014

For one day each year, the Bank of New Zealand closes branches and offices around the country, giving its staff the opportunity to volunteer for worthy community projects. We submitted an application to sit down with some of their top thinkers for a key strategy session, and experts from five of their core departments came along. This was a truly rewarding and beneficial experience for our charity and we thank the team from BNZ for their time, passion and expertise.

A huge thank you also to Toyota New Zealand for providing the vehicles for the day to shuttle us out to our Piha meeting location.

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Our experienced staff have delivered educational programs to over 100,000 people, motivated tens of thousands of volunteers to remove over a million litres of rubbish from the coast, and planted thousands of trees alongside our waterways. Now we are looking for people to help us spread our educational messages far and wide.

Please join us for our Presentation Delivery Workshop in Wellington on Wednesday 15 October, as part of our 2014 Love your Coast Wellington Event.

Our Presentation Delivery Workshop is free to attend and will pass on the core public speaking skills and knowledge necessary to deliver our ‘Love your Coast’ marine litter and coastal cleanup presentation, which teaches simple steps and creative changes that we can all make to look after the coasts we love.

The workshop is two hours in length and involve a multimedia presentation and interactive training session. The workshop is held on Wednesday 15 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Aro Valley Community Centre, 48 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington.

We hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, or you’re simply interested in rolling up your sleeves and getting involved hands-on, then please keep an eye out here for public events going on around Wellington over the next few months.

Questions or more information

Email [email protected] or call 021 0259 8301.