Do­ing her bit for Pa­p­at­u­anuku

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The gloves were lit­er­ally off dur­ing rub­bish war­rior Kiri Danielle’s visit to Toko­roa.

The Ro­torua based tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity, early child­hood teacher, and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist has been em­bark­ing on a mis­sion to see Pa­p­at­u­anuku (mother earth) free of lit­ter through her #Clean­earth move­ment.

The aim of the move­ment, which is all done vol­un­tar­ily, is to en­cour­age peo­ple to stop and pick up lit­ter and to help to dis­cour­age lit­ter­ing in the first place.

To do so Danielle vis­its var­i­ous lo­ca­tions and live streams videos of her and her grow­ing num­ber of fol­low­ers pick­ing up rub­bish.

She has a global fol­low­ing af­ter a video of her pulling a couch out of a stream with her car and a rope was shared by the Kiwi Dad­dys Face­book group with its 55,000 mem­bers around the world.

So in typ­i­cal Danielle fash­ion it didn’t take long to find help in Toko­roa dur­ing her re­cent visit.

‘‘We are tak­ing it to the gut­ter,’’ Danielle said as she sat in the rain pick­ing up rub­bish.

‘‘I am clean­ing out a gut­ter with my bare hands - I am alive, I am still alive, and I’m go­ing to keep say­ing that.’’

She then ran down the street to­wards two ‘‘bros in hod­dies’’ to ask if they would clean up with her.

‘‘We can all do bet­ter and I chal­lenge peo­ple in Toko­roa to be a good ex­am­ple for the rest of New Zealand.’’ Kiri Danielle

‘‘Will they rep­re­sent for Toko­roa?’’ she asked.

The two men, Staz and Caleb, were more than happy to.

‘‘Do you see rub­bish ly­ing around, where do you see it?’’ Danielle asked to which Staz replied ‘‘ev­ery­where’’.

It’s that re­al­ity that prompted Danielle to take ac­tion against lit­ter­ing in the first place.

‘‘I started seven years ago but it has only been in re­cent months that it’s gone from me chip­ping away to an in­ter­na­tional event,’’ she said.

She said lit­ter in Toko­roa was much like other places in New Zealand and was the re­sult of peo­ple de­vel­op­ing bad habits.

‘‘The coun­cil is hav­ing to do the job pick­ing up af­ter lazy peo­ple when it could be spend­ing money on much bet­ter things.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion on the move­ment and up­com­ing events visit Face­book or email kiri­


Kiri Danielle is em­bark­ing on a mis­sion to free the earth of lit­ter through her #Clean­earth move­ment.

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