More ‘reck­less’ dump­ing

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Kaita¯ia man Re­gan Waipouri was en­joy­ing a day out bik­ing with his part­ner at at Nga¯taki on Satur­day un­til they be­gan find­ing rub­bish, in­clud­ing a sub­stan­tial heap of bot­tles (pic­tured).

“We saw loads of rub­bish that had been reck­lessly dumped,” he said. The pile of bot­tles was the worst, but there was other stuff too, in­clud­ing a small fan, a wash­ing ma­chine and plas­tic bins.

Mr Waipouri and his part­ner plan to re­turn this week­end to take it to the Pukenui trans­fer sta­tion.

“A lot of rub­bish is be­ing dumped out in the bush,” he added.

“Do we need a bet­ter rub­bish and recycling sta­tion in Pukenui to pre­vent this?

“Don’t be lazy, wha¯nau. Come to town to dump your rub­bish. We love our bush. It’s how many peo­ple make their in­come up here, and it’s our home. We need to re­spect it.”

Sum­mit Forests’ forest and harvest man­ager Bob Shirley wasn’t sure whether the dumps were within Te Hiku Forest, but said he would be check­ing. The prob­lem of il­le­gal dump­ing, and light­ing of fires in the forest had eased.

PIC­TURE / RE­GAN WAIPOURI

One of the dump sites found at Nga¯ taki on Satur­day.

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