Up the creek

Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - WENDY JOHN Chair­woman Friends of Oak­ley Creek

This re­cent heavy rain has once again high­lighted the need for peo­ple to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for dis­pos­ing their rub­bish in an ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner.

Friends of Oak­ley Creek, along with other com­mu­nity groups, is work­ing hard to clean up the en­vi­ron­ment and pro­vide places where peo­ple can en­joy and re­con­nect with na­ture – away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of mod­ern life.

But we can’t do this on our own.

As a re­sult of the rain, and flood­ing, there have been tonnes of in­or­ganic rub­bish washed into our streams – and into our harbours – some of which will end up in the “de­bris soup”, cov­er­ing an area at least the size of Texas, that is float­ing in the north-west Pa­cific. What a sad legacy.

At times like this I am re­minded of Joni Mitchell’s lyric – “You don’t know what we’ve got ‘til it’s gone.”

We need to be deal­ing with this prob­lem at the “source”, and urge peo­ple to help look af­ter what we’ve got, and take a lit­tle care and pride in this planet that nur­tures us.

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