Porirua wa­ter­ways to get love and at­ten­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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