Pasi­fika rub­bish re­cy­cled

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

The Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val can at­tract more than 200,000 peo­ple, and while it may bring cul­tures to­gether, the rub­bish left be­hind is prompt­ing lo­cal iwi to act.

Ngati Whatua o Orakei’s re­source man­ager Ngarimu Blair wants to demon­strate at Pasi­fika how peo­ple can re­duce pol­lu­tion.

A zero-waste man­age­ment strat­egy will be set up in the Tan­gata Whenua vil­lage to­mor­row at West­ern Springs Park for the event.

“Huge amounts of waste are gen­er­ated at large events, which adds to car­bon emis­sions and pol­lu­tion of wa­ter­ways next to land­fills,” says Mr Blair.

“We take the guardian­ship of our land se­ri­ously so it’s nat­u­ral we should set the ex­am­ple for oth­ers to fol­low at this and other ma­jor events in Ta­maki Makau­rau.”

Mr Blair says last month’s Wai­tangi Day cel­e­bra­tions at Okahu Bay re­cently saw 90 per­cent of the event’s waste ei­ther re­cy­cled or com­posted.

To­mor­row vol­un­teers at the Tan­gata Whenua vil­lage will help the pub­lic sep­a­rate their rub­bish into re­cy­cling and or­ganic waste bins. Mr Blair hopes oth­ers will fol­low in com­ing years.

“Our Pasi­fika re­la­tions too have sim­i­lar cus­tom­ary and en­vi­ron­men­tal val­ues – we have the same Gods – so we know they too want to look af­ter those Gods like us.

“Plas­tics and glass will be re­cy­cled as usual and food waste will go to Orakei Marae’s worm farms. We hope the pub­lic will come to our vil­lage and help out our vol­un­teers by co­op­er­at­ing and separat­ing their rub­bish.”

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