Estuary clean-up crew get messy for good cause

Havelock School pupils collected rubbish from the nearby estuary as part of the Kiwi Can programme about giving back to ...
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Havelock School pupils collected rubbish from the nearby estuary as part of the Kiwi Can programme about giving back to their community.

A committed crew of young environmentalists have helped keep a Marlborough beauty spot rubbish free.

Pupils from Havelock School collected bagfuls of debris from nearby Havelock Estuary last Wednesday.

The initiative is part of the popular Kiwi Can programme, run by the Graeme Dingle Foundation, which organises the annual clean-up.

Children donned gloves galore and came with rubbish bags at the ready to ensure the waterway looked its best.

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The initiative gives children a chance to put values they learn at school into practice.

Learning to be tidy Kiwis, from left, Havelock School pupils Abbey, Sakura, Clayton McIntyre from Sanfords, Curtis, Reef ...
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Learning to be tidy Kiwis, from left, Havelock School pupils Abbey, Sakura, Clayton McIntyre from Sanfords, Curtis, Reef and Ellie.

Children were joined by volunteers from seafood firm Sanford, a major sponsor of the Kiwi Can initiative across Marlborough and New Zealand.

Among the driftwood, keen-eyed eco-warriors discovered lots of plastic bottles, polystyrene and even old tyres.

Kiwi Can leader Di Huntly said everyone had a great time doing their bit for the local environment.

"This term has been all about showing respect for the school, for the community and for the environment.

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"This was a fantastic way for the kids to bring together all this learning and to act on it. That's what I love about the Kiwi Can programme, it's about learning through taking action."

 - The Marlborough Express

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