Porirua stu­dents clean up the har­bour

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

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.

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