Thank you to tidy Kiwi Peter

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Peter Tur­ney just wants his neigh­bour­hood to be a ti­dier place.

The Tawa res­i­dent was ac­knowl­edged re­cently for his self­less de­sire to rid the streets of rub­bish with a civic award, which he said was grat­i­fy­ing.

He re­ceived seven nom­i­na­tions in the her­itage and en­vi­ron­ment sec­tion, a record for the bi­en­nial awards.

Tawa Community Board chair­per­son Mal­colm Sparrow said he was ‘‘blown away’’ by the depth of feel­ing ex­pressed by those who nom­i­nated Mr Tur­ney.

A res­i­dent on Main Rd, Mr Tur­ney tries to get out at least twice a week, de­pend­ing on the weather, with gloves and rub­bish bag in tow.

The 63-year-old tries to take a dif­fer­ent route each time, pick­ing up what­ever pa­per, bot­tles and other trash that he can in the space of about five hours.

He said his sense of al­tru­ism comes from a com­bi­na­tion of his Chris­tian faith and ob­ser­va­tion that Tawa streets have be­come less tidy in the past four years.

‘‘ Peo­ple de­serve bet­ter than what it looked like, hav­ing rub­bish on our streets makes the place look cheap and dirty. I felt that if I left it, it would get worse. I just want to do the best pos­si­ble job, I’m a per­fec­tion­ist.’’

Drink con­tain­ers and bot­tles are com­mon­place, es­pe­cially dur­ing sum­mer, he says.

‘‘This time of year the wind blows so much pa­per around, it gets stuck in bushes.’’

Mr Tur­ney puts the col­lected rub­bish in bins on Main Road, say­ing with a chuckle that his neigh­bours prob­a­bly wouldn’t ap­pre­ci­ate him plac­ing it in their shared wheelie bin.

He says he feels un­happy if, for what­ever rea­son, he can’t go out and pick up lit­ter once a week. When the weather gets bet­ter, and the days longer, he will ven- ture fur­ther afield, tidy­ing up around Kenepuru.

He says while the award was an hon­our, he doesn’t ex­pect praise.

‘‘When I’m out there and peo­ple pass me by and say what I’m do­ing is a good thing, that’s enough.’’

On a mis­sion: Peter Tur­ney uses su­per­mar­ket bags and rub­ber gloves to col­lect rub­bish around Tawa’s streets.

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