Porirua students clean up the harbour
Porirua Harbour has had a late spring clean.
Last Thursday afternoon all 170 Porirua School students and the teachers descended on the foreshore behind the city centre armed with rubbish bags and plastic gloves to collect as much litter as they could.
‘‘We picked up a colossal amount, but we felt like we were doing something good,’’ said teacher Marion Holman.
‘‘We are passionate about the dangers of things going into the seas and getting washed down drains so this is a really cool thing we can do – to clean up the harbour.’’
The students have been learning about how pollution affects the environment and bird and sea life through the Sustainable Coastlines eduction and action programme. Plastic pollution in particular is very bad as it doesn’t biodegrade easily, said Ms Holman.
‘‘The kids love it, it’s not just getting out of school, they are really into looking after the environment, and what we can do.
‘‘Even the ratbags were absolutely totally involved, getting great armfuls of stuff and not caring about getting dirty, everyone wanted to get into it and they could see that they were making a difference.’’
About 20 large rubbish bags of litter were collected, and the school is now considering returning for another clean-up every term.
Student Tannah Feite, 9, said people letting their rubbish end up in the harbour was pretty ‘‘yuck’’.
Her group of friends had picked up cans, chippie packets, cardboard and lots of plastic, while others had found a car wing mirror, tyres and a $10 note.
Yuck: Porirua School got stuck in to help clean up the harbour last Thursday. From left, friends Mairangi Po, 9, Tukasi Paongo, 8, Tannah Feite, 9 and Jasmine Wilson, 8 were amazed at what things end up polluting the harbour.