Tyres, trol­leys and even false teeth

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Tyres, shop­ping trol­leys and false teeth were among the rub­bish cleared from Porirua Har­bour’s mud­flats as part of a com­mu­nity-po­lice led clean-up ef­fort on De­cem­ber 4.

About 50 po­lice staff and 200 Onslow Col­lege stu­dents worked on the city side of the har­bour in a joint ef­fort by po­lice, Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers New Zealand, Taka­puwahia Vil­lage Plan­ning Group, and Porirua City Coun­cil to col­lect rub­bish from the mud­flats.

Start­ing early, the group spent two hours haul­ing out rub­bish that had been dumped in the har­bour.

A shop­ping trol­ley, two tyres and a big pile of rub­bish was picked up, even in­clud­ing half a set of false teeth.

Kapiti Mana Po­lice sergeant Jonathan Westrupp also got stuck in.

‘‘We had a great morn­ing work­ing with peo­ple from the com­mu­nity to help our har­bour. It’s a beau­ti­ful spot, which makes it really worth the ef­fort to help keep it that way,’’ Westrupp said.

‘‘We will need to come back in the new year with some bet­ter equip­ment to pull out the skip bin that’s stuck out on the mud­flats.’’

The coun­cil sup­plied pro­tec­tive cloth­ing and took away the rub­bish.

Ear­lier this year, 59 tyres and 11 road cones were among the ‘‘mega litter’’ col­lected from Porirua Har­bour by vol­un­teers.

Porirua Har­bour Strat­egy co­or­di­na­tor Keith Calder said the tyre sit­u­a­tion was par­tic­u­larly un­set­tling and he was sure the tyres were be­ing thrown into streams and the har­bour be­cause peo­ple could not be both­ered pay­ing the dis­posal fee at the land­fill.

Calder said the 59 tyres brought out of the mud were fewer than the hun­dreds col­lected through­out 2009, but he was con­cerned many of the tyres were new.

Porirua City coun­cil­lor Bron­wyn Kropp, chair­woman of the joint har­bour and catch­ment com­mit­tee, said she had heard that peo­ple tip­ping out of their waka in the mid­dle of the har­bour were step­ping on tyres.

Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers re­gional man­ager Ed Tregidga, se­nior sergeant Anita Dixon, coun­cil parks man­ager Olivia Dovey and Ngati Toa board mem­ber Evan Hip­po­lite at the clean-up.

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