Ōtautahi Christchurch Seaweek 2024 Public Clean-up, Estuary Edge | Sustainable Coastlines

Event details

Sat
02
Mar 2024

Remember to bring:

  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Sun-smart gear: long sleeved tops and trousers
  • Raincoats and appropriate clothing for the day on the coast
  • Reusable drink bottle, filled and ready to go
  • 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 to transfer station.
  • Light Refreshments

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana is New Zealand’s annual, national week of celebrating the sea and is taking place this year between 2-10 March 2024.

Come and join CVNZ and Sustainable Coastlines on Saturday 2nd March from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm for a coastline clean-up along the edge of of the Te Ihutai/ Avon-Heathcote Estuary.

In addition, Sustainable Coastlines’ will be running a Litter Intelligence survey. Litter Intelligence is Aotearoa’s first and only national litter monitoring programme. The litter data collected can then be used to action change and create solutions to reduce pollution on the coastlines of Aotearoa.

The pollution collected from the Litter Intelligence area will then be audited at an event in Sumner the following weekend, Saturday, 9th March.  For more information head to the Sustainable Coastlines event page: https://sustainablecoastlines.org/events/

PLEASE REGISTER using the link below.

Timings 

  • 1:00 pm – Sign in opens at South New Brighton Community Hall!
  • 1:10 pm – Introductions by CVNZ and Sustainable Coastlines
  • 1:15 pm – Health & Safety briefing
  • 1:30 pm – Litter Survey and wider clean-up commences
  • 3:00 pm – Return all rubbish back to South New Brighton Community Hall – followed by refreshments.
  • 3:30 pm – Closing remarks and end of event wrap-up!

Any questions please reach out to: Briar – [email protected] or [email protected]

If you’d like to find out about all the other exciting events happening for Seaweek, check out the Seaweek website:
https://www.seaweek.org.nz/whats-on

Event impacts

We thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Mother of All Clean Ups event 2023.

In total, 60 volunteers removed 13 full sacks/ 650 litres of litter from the coastline – an amazing effort by everyone. From chairs to cigarette butts, a body board to a toy calculator there was quite an array of items out there!

The data from the Litter Intelligence survey can be found here: Litter Intelligence – New Brighton Beach – 13th May

Survey results of note:

– 478 items were categorised, counted and weighed

– Litter density (379 Items per 1,000m2) is higher than the national average.

– Plastic was by far the most prominent material type – 92%

– Excluding unidentifiable items, the most common items found were cigarette butss, polystyrene and rope.

Those numbers contributed to the wider Mother of all Clean Ups event totals – 543 enthusiastic volunteers removed 438 bags of rubbish, weighing more than 2370kg, from our awa and moana in a single morning. A great achievement that comes with the reminder that there are still steps we can take to reduce pollution in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Thank you to the Mother of All Clean Ups organising committee, the 60 community groups and 20 schools who rolled up their sleeves and helped to clean-up the environment!

Event details

Sat
13
May 2023

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
  • Snacks if you think you’ll get hungry!
  • 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

Please read the event instructions and REGISTER below:

On Saturday 13 May 2023, 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  again this year at New Brighton. We will be sending volunteers to clean up different spots along the beach from Southshore Spit to north of 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.

Timing

  • 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 – Litter Intelligence 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!

Any questions – contact Emma on [email protected]

Event impacts

On behalf of Sustainable Coastlines, Blake NZ and Christchurch City Council I want to pass on our sincerest thanks for attending the Seaweek Event “The Ocean: Above, Below and Around” at Sumner on Sunday. It was inspiring to see the engagement as you dived below the surface of the moana, got your hands dirty sorting through litter from the estuary and visited the home of the Little black/flea mussel. We hope you came away from the day feeling that little bit more connected to the moana!

Further information to help you continue your ocean exploration: 

Blake NZ
BLAKE website: https://www.blakenz.org/
NZ-VR videos link: https://www.nzgeo.com/vr/

Sustainable Coastlines
Please find your litter data here: Litter Intelligence – Avon Heathcote Estuary – The South New Brighton Yachtclub – March 11/12 2023

The total number of items counted was 429, 67% of which was made of plastic

Unidentifiable soft and hard plastic fragments had the highest counts, along with glass fragments. This speaks to litter breaking up into smaller pieces once it enters the environment!

Get in touch if you’d like to join one of the regular monitoring groups!

Christchurch City Council

Learning through action: https://www.ccc.govt.nz/the-council/learning-resources/learning-through-action/

Event impacts

On behalf of Sustainable Coastlines and Conservation Volunteers NZ, ngā mihi nui to everyone who attended the Estuary Edge Clean-up in Ōtautahi to celebrate Seaweek – Kuapapa Moana 2023!

In total, we picked up 138 kgs, around 600 litres of rubbish – an amazing effort! The turnout was a fabulous 70 volunteers, over double what we expected which is fantastic for the coastline.

There was a range of items found, from smart watches to car parts, a fake nose and lots of food wrappers! The results even made it into the news – a link to the article here.

The Litter Intelligence survey data can be found here: Litter Intelligence – Avon Heathcote Estuary – The South New Brighton Yachtclub – 11th March

Survey results of note:

– Litter density (Items per 1,000m2) was lower than the previous survey carried out in Dec ’22 with 452  vs. 532 items audited. However, a higher proportion of these items were made of plastic.

– Unidentifiable soft and hard plastic fragments had the highest counts, along with glass fragments. This speaks to litter breaking up into smaller pieces once it enters the environment!

Thanks to volunteers like you, surveys like these continue to add valuable data to the Litter Intelligence database, which help to inform big decisions about sustainability and the future of our coastlines.

Sustainable Coastlines are also super grateful to the support of our collaborators Conservations Volunteers and NZ Seaweek plus to our sponsors Phoenix drinks for providing some welcomed refreshments. #togetherisbetter

APPA End-of-year Hui 2022

Sun
11
Dec 2022
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Mon
12
Dec 2022

The two-day hui will include:

  • Mingling with like-minded people
  • Shared kai and kōrero
  • Presentations and exhibitions
  • Wānanga and panel discussions
  • Collective action

REGISTER HERE

Our friends APPA (Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance) are hosting their annual end-of-year hui at The Flagship on Sunday 11th and Monday 12th of December.

All with a keen interest in reducing the prevalence of plastic pollution in the environment are invited to join!

The two day hui will bring together some of Aotearoa’s plastic pollution prevention and zero waste community’s brightest for a range of wānanga, presentations, interactive events and inevitably lively discussions.

Sunday 11th December
9am – 5:30pm – Presentations (in-person/online)

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Panel Discussion facilitated by Miriama Kamo (in-person/online)

Monday 12th December
9am – 1pm – Workshops: Action for change at 1) a global and 2) a local scale

Please REGISTER here

Event details

Thu
17
Nov 2022

Remember to bring:

  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Sun-smart gear
  • Raincoats and appropriate clothing for the day on the coast
  • Reusable drink bottle, filled and ready to go
  • 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 to transfer station.
  • Corona
  • Kai
  • Music

In partnership with Corona, we’re proud to present our ‘Clean up the Block’ beach clean-up! 

Grab a colleague, a mate (or two!) and join us in cleaning up around Wynyard Quarter for the evening. 

The evening will kick-off with a presentation at our Flagship Education Centre before we head out to clean up the neighbourhood. Afterwards, we’ll come together to celebrate our mahi with kai and Corona. 

Timings: 

17:30pm – Welcomes and Introduction at Flagship Education Centre

18:00 – Clean-up begins around Wynyard Quarter

19:00 pm – Clean-up ends, meet back at the Flagship for kai and Corona

19:30pm – Wrap-up

 

For further enquiries please contact Rachel Lewis at [email protected]

Event impacts

What an awesome evening we had cleaning the coastline of St Helier’s Beach! 25 epic volunteers showed up, despite the fierce wind and dwindling sun. Murry Sweetpants kept us going with some breezy beachside beats and The Sustainable Food Co. nourished us with delicious kai! 

Huge thank you for the mahi of all who attended as we were able to make a massive positive impact on our coastlines!

Event details

Thu
06
Oct 2022

Remember to bring:

  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Sun-smart gear
  • Raincoats and appropriate clothing for the day on the coast
  • Reusable drink bottle, filled and ready to go
  • 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 to transfer station.
  • Phoenix Organics
  • Kai
  • Music

In partnership with Part Time Rangers, we’re proud to present the Rangers for the Ocean beach clean-up! 

Join us in cleaning up the Waitematā Harbour at one of our two locations:

  • Takapuna @ Takapuna Beach playground  – Thursday 6th October
  • St Heliers – Thursday 20th October

These are after-work events, so don’t be shy, grab a colleague, a mate (or two!) and be a Ranger for the Ocean…for the evening!

On the day there will be sign-in stations set up where volunteers will sign-in, pick up gear, be given a briefing and then head out for a friendly beach clean-up. Afterwards, we’ll come together to celebrate our mahi with music, games, kai and beverages.

If you’re an eager beaver, feel free to come to both!!

Timings: 

17:30pm – Welcomes and Introduction

17:40pm – Love your Coast Presentation/ Health and Safety Brief

17:50pm – Clean-up commences

18:50 pm – Clean-up ends

19:00pm – Music, drinks and kai

 

For further enquiries please contact Caitlyn Prince at [email protected]

 

Can’t make the event but still want to support the cause? No problem!

For anyone keen to help out but unable to attend, Part Time Rangers and SC are putting together special DIY Kits just for you! If you ever wanted to host your own beach clean-up, now’s your chance. 

All kits come with equipment and H&S info for up to 30 people. It’s first in first served as we only have 20 kits available!

So go on, be a Ranger for the Ocean – bring your friends and whānau together and have an epic time cleaning up your local coastline!

Head to our DIY page to request a kit & specify you are a Ranger!

Event impacts

A beautiful day spent out in the sunshine with the community. We had 40 volunteers smash out an estimated 1,000 plants while guarding as we went. Ngā mihi nui to Ngāti Toa, Porirua City Council and Friends of Maara Roa for supporting this mahi! Can’t wait to see everyone again next season!

Event impacts

How lucky we were to have the sunshine keep us warm while we guarded 450 trees in the Belmont Stockyards! The community came out dressed in their muddy best as we chatted over yummy snacks and shared a lot of laughs. It was so nice to see newcomers keen to get in on the action as well as the returning Working Bee regulars. Many hands made light work and we finished up several banks in only a couple of hours. Keep an eye out for future events! We’d love to see you there!

Event details

Sat
13
Aug 2022

Remember to bring:

  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy, this is critical for Health & Safety considerations. Hiking shoes are great!
  • Warm and waterproof clothes. At least one warm top layer and a rain jacket.
  • Sun hat and sunscreen.
  • Reusable water bottle (filled up and ready to go)
  • Bring a camera (optional). We would love to see your event photos! Use the tag #loveyourwater and @sustainablecoastlines on social media

We will provide: 

  • Trees and planting site
  • A planting tutorial
  • Gloves
  • Spades
  • Refreshments
  • Health & safety documentation and briefing
  • First aid kits and first aid trained staff
  • Photographs

As part of our partnership with Porirua City Council and Ngāti Toa Rangatira on the Streamside Planting Programme, we invite you to join us on Saturday 13th August for a community planting day/working bee in Waitangirua, within Belmont Regional Park.

We have just put in 4,500 plants into the park, and have a few hundred more to put in, as well as putting guards on as many fo the trees as possible.

How to get there: head to 44 Waihora Cres, and find a park either next to the sports field or on the road. – We’ll meet from 9.30 am and head down into the gully to begin planting – look out for the Sustainable Coastlines and Porirua City flags and friendly helpers in high-vis gear.

What does the day involve?

9:30 am – Registration opens at Belmont Stockyards, Waitangirua, Tea and coffee served.

9:40 am – Intro, safety briefing and planting demonstration. Planting and guarding begins!

13:00 pm – Return to home base for refreshments and group photo.

Any questions – contact Dan on [email protected]