On Saturday 8th May, around 500 volunteers banded together to clean up South Auckland’s waterways.
Te Puhinui Big Clean was originally planned to clean up the Puhinui Stream, a 12-kilometre waterway from Totara Park to the Manukau Harbour. But due to the large number of volunteers, the clean-up effort was extended to include the Otara Creek and Papakura Stream as well.
“We were absolutely thrilled with the commitment of the local community and their collective impact,” said Beautification Trust CEO, Daniel Barthow. “There is such a unique community spirit here in South Auckland. Our community takes pride in the environment and so many people were willing to pitch in and make a difference.”
The clean-up was attended by whānau, schools, businesses, faith-based communities and community groups. Volunteers removed tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish, including road cones, car parts, building materials, old furniture and even a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
The morning clean-up was followed by a free zero-waste BBQ and entertainment at the Auckland Botanic Gardens for all volunteers who took part.
The event was supported by Panuku Development Auckland, Wiri Business Association, Business Manukau, Auckland Botanic Gardens, CityCare and mana whenua, Te Waiohua.
We're also grateful to our partners and sponsors for their contributions that made the clean-up a success: Z Energy & Melanie Kennerley, DHL, Keep New Zealand Beautiful, Downer, Blue Light Manurewa, Jayen Food Concepts, Barfoot & Thompson Manurewa, Marley, Marshal Walia.
We're now encouraging local businesses, schools and community groups to “adopt a spot” along the Puhinui Stream to help keep the waterway free of rubbish. To adopt a spot or enquire about holding a clean-up in your area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.