Get­ting to the heart of lit­ter­ing

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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#Clean­earth move­ment’s Kiri Danielle with some of the rub­bish she has col­lected.

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