Play­cen­tre help­ing keep Porirua beau­ti­ful


Pare­mata Play­cen­tre did their best to keep Porirua beau­ti­ful last Tues­day with a beach clean up trip.

Chil­dren aged from 13 months to nearly 5 spent the morn­ing on the beach at Ngati­toa Do­main pick­ing up rub­bish in gloves or with tongs.

Pare­mata Play­cen­tre pres­i­dent El­iza Pick said a beach clean-up was a great op­por­tu­nity for the chil­dren to learn en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

‘‘Even our tod­dlers are able to be in­volved.’’ she said.

‘‘They get out into the fresh air and build a real sense of con­tribut­ing to our com­mu­nity.’’

Frank Lunn, 3, was thor­ough in check­ing for garbage in the rocks at the back of the beach, find­ing old shop­ping bags, lolly wrap­pers and drink straws.

‘‘We want to keep our beach nice, all the straws have to go in the rub­bish,’’ he said.

As well as rub­bish the chil­dren kept an eye out for any nat­u­ral ‘‘trea­sures’’ they could spot, find­ing drift­wood, beau­ti­ful shells, pine cones and sea sponges.

Ed­ward Pick, 4, was pleased with the work the cen­tre had done. He said af­ter all the rub­bish they had taken away he didn’t think the beach would ever get dirty again.

The chil­dren had a great day. They got the chance to ex­plore their lo­cal beach and learn about the dif­fer­ence be­tween rub­bish and nat­u­ral trea­sures.

Now the com­mu­nity has a beach with a lit­tle less lit­ter.

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