Shame on river dumpers

LETTER

When down towards the Waipaoa River on Centennial Marine Drive with my mokopuna a few days ago, we came across several quite recent piles of dumped rubbish, apart from the stench of dead animals or animal parts and piles of kina, paua and crayfish shells (plenty that looked far too small). A lot was obviously a clearout from Christmas festivities including wrapping paper, etc.

How can local people treat our beautiful coast like this? Are they not ashamed to call themselves local residents? Yes, some bottles and cans were likely from R&V attendees, but people from Auckland did not bring broken furniture or a myriad of waste building material.

The fine if caught does not represent the damage done to our tourism, eco-system or the cost of removal, so I believe that people should be “named and shamed” in some way. Make the penalty far higher, which might assist in setting up better security measures. We are not a third world country but that is what it looks like. Go have a look and pick some up like we did when there!

Do some people think the dump is still down this road? Same goes for country roads — don’t think you won’t be caught as country residents are watching you.

GIZZY PROUD

When down towards the Waipaoa River on Centennial Marine Drive with my mokopuna a few days ago, we came across several quite recent piles of dumped rubbish, apart from the stench of dead animals or animal parts and piles of kina, paua and crayfish shells (plenty that looked far too small). A lot was obviously a clearout from Christmas festivities including wrapping paper, etc.

How can local people treat our beautiful coast like this? Are they not ashamed to call themselves local residents? Yes, some bottles and cans were likely from R&V attendees, but people from Auckland did not bring broken furniture or a myriad of waste building material.

The fine if caught does not represent the damage done to our tourism, eco-system or the cost of removal, so I believe that people should be “named and shamed” in some way. Make the penalty far higher, which might assist in setting up better security measures. We are not a third world country but that is what it looks like. Go have a look and pick some up like we did when there!

Do some people think the dump is still down this road? Same goes for country roads — don’t think you won’t be caught as country residents are watching you.

GIZZY PROUD

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