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Students Pitch in on Seaweek Beach Clean Up

Secondary students made up the large part of the volunteer crew for last weekend’s Seaweek Beach Clean at Waitangi Estuary near Napier.

Secondary students made up the large part of the volunteer crew for last weekend’s Seaweek Beach Clean at Waitangi Estuary organised by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

On Saturday 27 February, about 90 people took two hours to gather 650 kilograms of rubbish and four large wheelie bins of recyclables from the estuary area between Napier and Hastings.  A large number of students from Karamū, Hastings Girls and Napier Girls High Schools and the Westshore Sea Scouts took part this year, as well as adults and families.

 “We really appreciate our volunteers who gave up part of their weekend to pitch in to clean up the estuary yet again, as this is an important ecological and cultural area.  The students had fun, even though they are picking up after messy adults who do know better,” says Sally Chandler, HBRC community engagement coordinator. 

 Mrs Chandler says the public area at Waitangi Regional Park between the two bridges at Awatoto has been prone to illegal rubbish dumping. However HBRC’s enhancement work has now started and will change the parking and access areas which should reduce the amount of rubbish dumped there.

 The beach clean up is an annual event in the Seaweek activities based at the National Aquarium of NZ.   Seaweek is hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) and runs from 27 February to 6 March as a national celebration of our coast and oceans.