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Seaweek cleanup project ends with event this Saturday

Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014

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A huge cleanup of the Waiheke coastline has started as part of Seaweek 2014.

Sustainable Coastlines is co-ordinating the large-scale education and beach cleanup project called Love your Coast Waiheke Island.

Families with preschool children took part in a beach cleanup at Little Oneroa on Monday and today people are cleaning Te Wharau Bay in Park Point with Forest & Bird.

Throughout the week, people wanting to do their own cleanups have been able to pick up rubbish sacks and information at the Matiatia i-Site, Waiheke Service Centre on Belgium St or Bayleys in Oneroa, between 9am and 5pm. The Love Your Coast project culminates in a big public event this Saturday with the community being invited to help on beaches around the island from 8am to 2pm.

Volunteers for the public event can register and pick up rubbish sacks and gloves at Ostend market, the i-Site at Matiatia or at Kennedy Pt wharf on the day - look out for the big blue flags.

A 5pm debrief at The Bay, Matiatia, will celebrate the day and the week's activities with food and entertainment.

Meanwhile, people can upload their photos of the week using the Instagram social network and hashtag #seaweek2014 for a chance of winning a prize.

And from the beginning of Seaweek, 20,000 copies of Otago University's new sea shore guide was being distributed to schools throughout the country. It identifies 100 common plants and animals living on shores and estuaries.

MORE SEAWEEK ACTIVITIES

March 15 – Round the Island Yacht Race. Phone 372 6104.

March 21 – Plastic-free Friday, organised by BYO Waiheke.

March 22 – Free community Snorkel Day at Enclosure Bay. 

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