Three bags full - before morning tea
Glass bottles, plastic bottles, broken bottles and springs were all in the collection of rubbish picked up by pre-schoolers in Tairua on the Keep NZ Beautiful Clean Up day.
With the support of parents, all the children from Central Kids Tairua Kindergarten and staff took part in the day with the mission to educate the next generation of tidy kiwis and work together toward creating a better New Zealand by making a tangible difference in the community.
Head teacher Linda Vermeren said the day was very successful.
‘‘We split into three groups to cover the wider environment around the kindergarten, cleaned up around the Esplanade Reserve, parts of Grahams Creek walkway and around Cory Park before finishing at the Pepe playground for morning tea,’’ she said.
Vermeren said they aspired to develop and nurture the understanding of caring for Papatu¯a¯nuku – Mother Earth and the importance of looking after the environment the children live in and participating in this event supports children’s growing sense of responsibility for the living world and knowledge about it which is a goal of Te Wha¯riki, the NZ ECE curriculum.
Some of the children’s responses to this day included: ’’We have to keep Tairua clean. It helps dolphins live if we have a tidy place.’’ ‘‘If dolphins eat rubbish they will die or get sick. If the plastic goes down the wrong hole they will choke or die.’’ ’’We were picking up rubbish to keep the place clean and the stuff people chucked over the fence. The lawnmower ran it over cos it got lost in the grass.’’
‘‘We found an old concrete bird bath on a rubbish pile which we are now decorating to put in our garden, this fits with our ethos of reusing and recycling,’’ said Vermeren.
Dog owners who use these areas might like to know that along with the bottles and plastic rubbish picked up a lot of dog ‘‘litter’’ was noticed.
While Clean Up Week is on Waste Management and EnviroWaste kindly agreed to open up their transfer stations for free rubbish disposal.