Makara Beach Clean-up Sat 24th Nov

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    Jenny B

    See below for details but Meridian are opening up a normally closed part of the Makara area on Sun 24th Nov for a beach clean-up. Read on below if you’re interested in exploring this area and picking up some rubbish (mostly fishing gear apparently) from the shoreline….


    Sorry for the short notice, Sustainable Coastlines, a multi-award winning NZ
    charity, is inviting local community groups to get involved with a very
    unique clean-up event happening on the West Wind farm here in Wellington this
    Saturday the 24th in conjunction with renewable energy providers Meridian.

    This spectacular piece of coastline is well looked after by locals everywhere
    with public access, but the area is heavily affected by a regular flow of
    waste from fisheries in the Tasman Sea, the Whanganui River and Marlborough
    mussel farms.

    The rugged terrain of Meridian’s West Wind Farm, usually closed to the
    public, will be opened-up for this special one-day event, marking
    Meridian’s commitment to work with the entire community look after their
    local stretch of coastline. This will give volunteers the opportunity to
    experience remarkable views next to the enormous windmills and areas like Te
    Ikaamaru Bay – which is so stacked with rubbish that those who are familiar
    call it ‘plastic beach’.

    90 year-old Raewyn Scott, a local who grew up on Makara Farm with her family
    is showing her love for this stunning stretch of coast by flying-in from her
    new home in Tauranga especially for the big day.

    Volunteers are invited to join the clean-up crew for a fantastic day out
    exploring the area and give something back to the beautiful Makara coastline.
    Meet at the Sustainable Coastlines display container on Makara Beach at 10am,
    Saturday 24 November to sign-in and collect equipment.

    From Makara participants will split into teams and head out along the
    coastline on foot and by 4WD to clean-up the area from Makara Beach around to
    Ohau Bay. Free lunch will be provided from 1pm at Makara Beach with the
    support of Meridian Energy, whose staff will be mucking-in to clean-up too.

    Find out more and register online at

    Background to Sustainable Coastlines

    Sustainable Coastlines is a young New Zealand charity run by four hard-
    working full time staff and a network of passionate volunteers. We love our

    coasts and we work with our sleeves rolled up to keep them beautiful. We
    coordinate and support large-scale coastal clean-up events, educational
    programs, public awareness campaigns, riparian planting activities and other
    projects aimed at protecting and sustaining our coastlines. Through these
    projects we motivate volunteers and communities around Aotearoa / New Zealand
    and the Pacific to look after the coastlines we all love.

    For further information please contact:

    Niall Mackay, Event Manager, Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust
    / 022 093 4208

    Hope to see you there.

    If your group is interested in a presentation and clean up while we are here
    in Wellington until Dec 14th we would be happy to do this, which is provided
    free of charge.

    Kind Regards,


    #18630 Reply

    Reading the notification, it seems like it will be on Saturday 24th (not on Sunday as the forum subject title suggests).

    #18631 Reply

    Thanks Hans! I’ve edited the subject so everyone’s clear.

    #18632 Reply

    Is anybody going on this? I’m quite interested in going if I can get a ride out.

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