Annual Clean-up


A weather forecast for the weekend of 9 October threatened heavy rain and wind for the lower North Island meaning the prospects for a comfortable and relaxed Inlet clean-up exercise this year didn’t look good at all. The Saturday before-hand added to our fears with very unpleasant conditions throughout the area, evening and night, and, because the clean-up takes place ‘come rain or shine’, Sunday looked like it would be a day for only the hardiest of individuals.

In the end, however, we had a wonderful time. Not only was there little wind to speak of but the threat of only a shower or two marred the otherwise dry conditions. Whilst overcast with little sun, the temperature was perfect for the occasion and the number of people who turned up topped the 80 mark.  Adults and children alike enjoyed taking part in this very worthwhile activity – making the Inlet a cleaner place for the many birds, animals and plants that inhabit the shoreline down to the low tide mark.

As a result we would estimate that over 100, variously filled, bags of rubbish were collected at the end of the day by the council pick-up truck. Isn't it a pity that all this trash didn’t make a much more direct route to the land-fill than it did?

Supporting the Guardians for the first time were Conservation Volunteers who liaised with Porirua City Council, gave out hi-vis vests, gloves and collection bags on the day, and also provided safety advice for the benefit of everyone taking part. At 12:30pm the usual sausage sizzle was enjoyed by everyone, with two winners this time of the lucky-draw vouchers, all courtesy of our long-time supporters New World Paremata and Plimmerton Rotary.


Thank you everyone for a job well done.

Last Updated: 12/02/2017 6:52pm