Clean-up at Kaiti beach

Good turnout for beach clean-up

Good turnout for beach clean-up

CARING FOR THE BEACH: Dr Nicky Solomon and Gillian Cowperthwaite.
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MORE than 80 people turned up to Kaiti Beach for this month’s beach clean-up.

Event organisers Tairawhiti Environment Centre and Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti invited citizen scientists and beach clean-up volunteers to join in the efforts to protect the environment and minimise harm to marine and bird life.

Dr Nicky Solomon, manager of Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti and one of the organisers for the monthly beach clean-ups, said there was a terrific turn-out.

“It is inspiring and heart-warming the number of volunteers each month, keeps increasing.

“We collected rubbish consisting of plastic, polystyrene, litter and quite a few tyres”, she said.

“A number of businesses and groups helped out on the day such as Eastland Port, Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Recreational Services, and Lytton High School’s Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit Support (CACTUS) Club.

“We are so thankful for Gisborne Recreational Services for collecting the rubbish and a warm thank you to Eastland Port for the ongoing support”, she said.

Kaiti Beach is one of more than 100 beaches to have its litter analysed in the nationwide beach litter data collection programme.

Litter from the participating beaches are being collected, analysed and collated by local people for New Zealand scientists.

The quantity, weight and type of rubbish found are being recorded and fed into a national database.

The litter project will eventually form the basis of scientific reports to be shared with leaders and politicians, who can help exact change at a national and international level.

Eastland Port infrastructure manager Martin Bayley and fellow staff members are passionate advocates of the nationwide environmental project.

“We’re everyday Kiwis who love the beach and want to look after it so we’re doing something to help. It is important to involve organisations and the community in these projects.

“Enabling others is crucial if we want to look after our waterways and the oceans”, he said.

Sustainable Coastlines Litter Project Manager Sandy Britain agrees that working with caring communities around the country is the key.

“Litter is a problem that we can, and will, solve,” he said.

Each clean-up targets a different beach in and around Gisborne on the last Sunday of each month. The target next month is Midway Beach.

The clean-up will be held on Sunday, September 30 from 3pm to 4pm.

For more details, contact Tairawhiti Environment Centre on 867 4708.

MORE than 80 people turned up to Kaiti Beach for this month’s beach clean-up.

Event organisers Tairawhiti Environment Centre and Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti invited citizen scientists and beach clean-up volunteers to join in the efforts to protect the environment and minimise harm to marine and bird life.

Dr Nicky Solomon, manager of Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti and one of the organisers for the monthly beach clean-ups, said there was a terrific turn-out.

“It is inspiring and heart-warming the number of volunteers each month, keeps increasing.

“We collected rubbish consisting of plastic, polystyrene, litter and quite a few tyres”, she said.

“A number of businesses and groups helped out on the day such as Eastland Port, Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Recreational Services, and Lytton High School’s Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit Support (CACTUS) Club.

“We are so thankful for Gisborne Recreational Services for collecting the rubbish and a warm thank you to Eastland Port for the ongoing support”, she said.

Kaiti Beach is one of more than 100 beaches to have its litter analysed in the nationwide beach litter data collection programme.

Litter from the participating beaches are being collected, analysed and collated by local people for New Zealand scientists.

The quantity, weight and type of rubbish found are being recorded and fed into a national database.

The litter project will eventually form the basis of scientific reports to be shared with leaders and politicians, who can help exact change at a national and international level.

Eastland Port infrastructure manager Martin Bayley and fellow staff members are passionate advocates of the nationwide environmental project.

“We’re everyday Kiwis who love the beach and want to look after it so we’re doing something to help. It is important to involve organisations and the community in these projects.

“Enabling others is crucial if we want to look after our waterways and the oceans”, he said.

Sustainable Coastlines Litter Project Manager Sandy Britain agrees that working with caring communities around the country is the key.

“Litter is a problem that we can, and will, solve,” he said.

Each clean-up targets a different beach in and around Gisborne on the last Sunday of each month. The target next month is Midway Beach.

The clean-up will be held on Sunday, September 30 from 3pm to 4pm.

For more details, contact Tairawhiti Environment Centre on 867 4708.

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