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Volunteers clean up Napier coastline. Napier will be looking its best this week thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers who will be cleaning up the Napier coastline as part of Clean Up New Zealand Week, between 14 and 20 September.

“Community groups are covering almost the whole Napier coastline, from Awatoto to Bay View,” says Napier City Councillor Maxine Boag, who is also chair of the Keep Napier Beautiful committee.

The Harakeke Walkway and the Ahuriri Estuary are going to get tidied up too.

“It’s really great to see such a response by people who care about keeping our coastline and waterways clean and are prepared to roll up their sleeves to do the hard yards,” she says.

Co-ordination has been stepped up this year, with a map of the areas being cleaned up being prepared by Napier City Council, with times and dates and estimated numbers.

“As with last year, the week will kick  off with a huge effort by the NZ Motor Caravan Association which is expecting 40 Association members to clean up the whole coastal area from the Ellison Street car park to the Awatoto buildings. They come from across Hawke’s Bay and are part of a nationwide commitment from the Association to get involved in Clean Up NZ week. We are so lucky that they have chosen this site as a focus for their local efforts,” she says.

Some of the events are self-contained; others open to the public. The Council’s Solid Waste Manager Rhett van Veldhuizen is helping co-ordinate the distribution of rubbish bags, gloves and pick up sites for rubbish collected.

“Safety, with sharp objects, heavy bags and risks associated with waterways is always a priority,” he said.

Each team will be given a safety checklist and appropriate equipment and support. Children will need to be supervised at all times.

If you’d like to get involved, contact Maxine Boag at 835 6495 or 021 024 704 84; or Rhett van Veldhuizen at 8344199 ext 8186 or 027-2729259 and they will tell you which events need more support.

14 September 2015

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