Getting to the heart of littering
Stumbling upon fly tipping in Tokoroa has disappointed #Cleanearth movement’s Kiri Danielle two weeks after she challenged the community to set a good example for the rest of New Zealand.
The Rotorua based television personality and environmentalist, who is embarking on a mission to encourage people to pick up even one piece of litter to help clean the earth, was driving through the South Waikato town when something ‘‘shimmering in the light’’ caught her eye.
It turned out to be multiple bags of rubbish dumped on the side of Baird Rd.
In a live Facebook video Danielle, who has a global following, was seen sifting through the items to find an address so someone could be held accountable.
She found a name and pleaded with ’’Smith’’ to remove the rubbish by morning.
She said it was time there was a cultural shift when it comes to littering.
‘‘It’s about how you approach the situation so that you appeal to the heart of people to try and stop it. Even if I had meet ‘‘Smith’’ there we would have just had a talk,’’ she said.
‘‘Not everyone wants to pick up rubbish but I’m sure everyone wants to live and enjoy life for as long as they can and we can do that in the most beautiful world possible if we clean up and have that attitude about us,’’ she said.
South Waikato District Council services manager Andrew Pascoe said there are multiple options available to dispose of rubbish correctly and he suspects the primary reason behind illegal dumping is laziness.
He said a services officer also carries out frequent inspections of areas where fly tipping is known to occur.
‘‘The services officer will attempt to locate any identifiable material that will determine the culprit, if we are able to determine the source our senior services engineer will contact the offending party,’’ he said.
‘‘The council prefers to take an educational approach rather than immediately penalising. We often find that talking to the offenders can resolve the issue much quicker than infringements and helps avoid reoffending, however if necessary the council can and will impose fines of up to $400.’’ Excellence Awards The South Waikato was well represented at the Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato Excellence Awards hosted by the University of Waikato with seven winners.
Winners included Kiwi Can Resilience winner Cassius Kemo from Mangakino School, Kiwi Can Integrity winner Ella Hines from Whakamaru School, Kiwi Can Positive Relationships winner Corado Stainton-namana from David Henry, Rising Star Tokoroa High School Matthew Letoga, Rising Star Forest View High School Rae Totoro, Peer Mentor Tokoroa High School Tiare Manu, and Peer Mentor Forest View High School Nicole Rusk.
#Cleanearth movement’s Kiri Danielle with some of the rubbish she has collected.