Rubbish an issue too at popular Rere sites

LETTER

We liked the article “Protecting waterways” in The Gisborne Herald on February 11. We go to Rere School and at our school we learn about caring for our environment. We like that our whanau care for Wharekopae River and are starting to fence it off so animals can’t go into the river. We know people leave rubbish too and it floats down the river from Rere Rockslide. The rubbish bins fill quickly and it would be good if the rubbish men picked it up more often please.

Devarn, Fred, Tess and Mikaera
Year 5 and 6, Rere School

We are writing from Rere School. We would like to thank you for mentioning our dilemma to the Gisborne region, and we would like to thank the Ministry for the Environment and NZ Beef and Lamb for supporting our cause. Also thank you to the people who are trying to pick up all the rubbish to reduce the infestation.

The farmers around here have been working hard on reducing the amount of bad-quality water we have that affects big attractions like the Rere Rockslide, Rere Falls and Champagne Pools that run through the Wharekopae River.

While the farmers are working on the water, what about the rubbish being left that is harming our animals and stock?

Our river quality is important to the global community. People from as far away as Russia, Canada and Mexico come to Gisborne to see our main attractions and then are often appalled by floating rubbish and brown, faeces-infested water.

We are doing our best, but what about the tourists leaving their popped tyres and snapped boogie boards in the Rere Rockslide to travel down to the Rere Falls? The bins should be emptied more often and there should be bins at the Champagne Pools area too. Thank you.

Georgia, Ella and Eve
Year 5 and 8, Rere School

We Rere students thank you for acknowledging the Rere community for its amazing work improving public water quality. Our farmers are working on the Wharekopae River cleansing operation and also riparian planting. This is an environmental boost to the Wharekopae area and especially the river. We will appreciate having the tests done to see how much it has improved with the riparian planting and keeping stock out of our waterways.

If water improvement was in the Rere school students’ hands, we would:

  • Fence around the waterways
  • Keep encouraging school students to learn about keeping our waterways clean
  • Keep NZ clean and green.

Thank you Ministry for Environment for supporting us and giving the $40,000 grant for research around this project. This will help make an important New Zealand river a cleaner, safer place to swim.

Molly, Cam, Hannah and Israel
Year 5 and 7, Rere School

We liked the article “Protecting waterways” in The Gisborne Herald on February 11. We go to Rere School and at our school we learn about caring for our environment. We like that our whanau care for Wharekopae River and are starting to fence it off so animals can’t go into the river. We know people leave rubbish too and it floats down the river from Rere Rockslide. The rubbish bins fill quickly and it would be good if the rubbish men picked it up more often please.

Devarn, Fred, Tess and Mikaera
Year 5 and 6, Rere School

We are writing from Rere School. We would like to thank you for mentioning our dilemma to the Gisborne region, and we would like to thank the Ministry for the Environment and NZ Beef and Lamb for supporting our cause. Also thank you to the people who are trying to pick up all the rubbish to reduce the infestation.

The farmers around here have been working hard on reducing the amount of bad-quality water we have that affects big attractions like the Rere Rockslide, Rere Falls and Champagne Pools that run through the Wharekopae River.

While the farmers are working on the water, what about the rubbish being left that is harming our animals and stock?

Our river quality is important to the global community. People from as far away as Russia, Canada and Mexico come to Gisborne to see our main attractions and then are often appalled by floating rubbish and brown, faeces-infested water.

We are doing our best, but what about the tourists leaving their popped tyres and snapped boogie boards in the Rere Rockslide to travel down to the Rere Falls? The bins should be emptied more often and there should be bins at the Champagne Pools area too. Thank you.

Georgia, Ella and Eve
Year 5 and 8, Rere School

We Rere students thank you for acknowledging the Rere community for its amazing work improving public water quality. Our farmers are working on the Wharekopae River cleansing operation and also riparian planting. This is an environmental boost to the Wharekopae area and especially the river. We will appreciate having the tests done to see how much it has improved with the riparian planting and keeping stock out of our waterways.

If water improvement was in the Rere school students’ hands, we would:

  • Fence around the waterways
  • Keep encouraging school students to learn about keeping our waterways clean
  • Keep NZ clean and green.

Thank you Ministry for Environment for supporting us and giving the $40,000 grant for research around this project. This will help make an important New Zealand river a cleaner, safer place to swim.

Molly, Cam, Hannah and Israel
Year 5 and 7, Rere School

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