Porirua waterways to get love and attention
Picking up rubbish is not just for criminals, Porirua schoolchildren will be taught over the next month.
Nine Porirua schools will participate in the Love Your Coast spring clean, a regionwide initiative that will remove three tonnes of trash from Wellington’s waterways.
In the Wellington region, 4000 children will pitch in to the clean-up, now in its fourth year.
Porirua’s streams, lagoons, beaches and harbour will be picked clean of litter in local events organised by Porirua Harbour Trust, Keep Porirua Beautiful and Sustainable Coastlines.
Sam Judd from Sustainable Coastlines said that before grabbing their gloves and rubbish bags, children would get a lesson on the negative effect rubbish had on marine life.
Education was aimed at stopping children becoming adults who litter.
Some children thought only people on detention should make the effort to pick up rubbish, Mr Judd said.
‘‘We’re trying to change that perspective, because it’s wrong.’’
Anyone keen to join a clean-up can meet in Wineera Dr, just north of Pirates Cove, at 5.30pm on November 22 and December 6. Equipment will be provided.