Tidy Kiwi messages getting through

TIDY KIWIS: Gisborne Boys’ High School year 10 students Koby Wyllie, Steiny Riwai, Tyler Zame and Damien Mihikohi taking part in the annual beach clean-up from Waikanae Beach down towards the Waipaoa River mouth. Picture by Liam Clayton

AN ANNUAL beach clean-up has seen a “massive difference” in the amount of rubbish being dumped showing a potential improvement in attitudes around waste.

About 130 Gisborne Boys’ High School year 10 students took part in the school’s annual beach clean-up on Friday.

Over two-and-a-half hours the boys covered the stretch of sand and dunes from The Cut at Waikanae Beach through to where the sealed road ends towards the Waipaoa River mouth.

Physical education and health head of department Simon Murphy said although they collected a lot less rubbish than in the past, it was not through a lack of effort.

“It is the fifth year we have done it, and there was a massive difference in the amount of rubbish.

“We used to get all sorts, really big household things including TVs, couches, beds, anything you could imagine.

“It was like people would pull up with a trailer and just dump it all out.

“You could spend as long as you wanted there, and there would be more stuff to pick up. But there was none of that this year.”

Combination of factors

He said it could be due to a combination of other groups doing beach clean-ups, the Gisborne community making smarter choices about waste, and more Gisborne District Council monitoring.

“We want to give the community a pat on the back. The message seems to be getting through. Keep it positive.”

Still, the students had a busy time picking up many smaller pieces of rubbish, including small pieces of plastic, rubber and fishing waste.

Each year the year 10 boys do a big beach clean-up as part of their Tu Tane values education programme.

“Part of that is teaching that to be good young men it is good to contribute to the community,” Mr Murphy said.

Earlier this year the boys did a few days planting at Te Wherowhero Lagoon as part of the same programme.

In the classroom the beach clean-up was supported with sustainability messages about making smart choices about waste, including avoiding excessive packaging and single-use plastics.

AN ANNUAL beach clean-up has seen a “massive difference” in the amount of rubbish being dumped showing a potential improvement in attitudes around waste.

About 130 Gisborne Boys’ High School year 10 students took part in the school’s annual beach clean-up on Friday.

Over two-and-a-half hours the boys covered the stretch of sand and dunes from The Cut at Waikanae Beach through to where the sealed road ends towards the Waipaoa River mouth.

Physical education and health head of department Simon Murphy said although they collected a lot less rubbish than in the past, it was not through a lack of effort.

“It is the fifth year we have done it, and there was a massive difference in the amount of rubbish.

“We used to get all sorts, really big household things including TVs, couches, beds, anything you could imagine.

“It was like people would pull up with a trailer and just dump it all out.

“You could spend as long as you wanted there, and there would be more stuff to pick up. But there was none of that this year.”

Combination of factors

He said it could be due to a combination of other groups doing beach clean-ups, the Gisborne community making smarter choices about waste, and more Gisborne District Council monitoring.

“We want to give the community a pat on the back. The message seems to be getting through. Keep it positive.”

Still, the students had a busy time picking up many smaller pieces of rubbish, including small pieces of plastic, rubber and fishing waste.

Each year the year 10 boys do a big beach clean-up as part of their Tu Tane values education programme.

“Part of that is teaching that to be good young men it is good to contribute to the community,” Mr Murphy said.

Earlier this year the boys did a few days planting at Te Wherowhero Lagoon as part of the same programme.

In the classroom the beach clean-up was supported with sustainability messages about making smart choices about waste, including avoiding excessive packaging and single-use plastics.

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