Guardians plan in­let cleanup

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Care­fully bal­anc­ing an empty take­away cof­fee cup on the bridge rail, a well-dressed young woman makes a phone call and heads off to Pare­mata Sta­tion to catch her train.

It is a mat­ter of sec­onds be­fore her poly­styrene cup is blown into the wa­ters of Pau­ata­hanui In­let.

This ex­am­ple is the sort of mind­less lit­ter­ing that messes up the in­let and dis­tresses those who care about it. And it’s the sort of care­less­ness that makes the an­nual cleanup a vi­tal part of keep­ing the in­let healthy and safe.

‘‘ You have to won­der about peo­ple,’’ says Tony Shaw, from the Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let. ‘‘Where did she think that cup was go­ing to end up? It wasn’t go­ing to walk off to a rub­bish bin on its own two legs, was it?’’

Whether it’s a poly­styrene cof­fee cup, an old tyre, bot­tles, cans or a sheet of iron, the an­nual cleanup at­tempts to col­lect them all. And for the ef­fort to be suc­cess­ful, ‘‘we need community-minded peo­ple to come along and help’’, says Mr Shaw.

The cleanup has for many years been a joint ef­fort be­tween the Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let, Keep Porirua Beau­ti­ful and Plim­mer­ton Rotary. Mr Shaw this year paid par­tic­u­lar trib­ute to the Ro­tar­i­ans, many of whom take part in the cleanup ev­ery year.

‘‘ They also pro­vide the very wel­come free sausage siz­zle back at Browns Bay when the cleanup is fin­ished.

‘‘If you can see the in­let from your sit­ting room win­dow, if you walk your dog along the Te Ara Piko path­way, if you sail, swim or just en­joy mess­ing around in the wa­ter, you want the in­let to be clean and safe. Please come along and help to achieve just that.’’

An­nual Pau­ata­hanui In­let Cleanup, Sun­day, Novem­ber 25, 11am. Meet at Browns Bay. For more in­for­ma­tion see www. gopi. org.nz/an­nual-clean-up-2/

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