Pasifika rubbish recycled
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.”