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Seaweek 2018: Beach clean ups and sandcastles

21 February 2018

Seaweek 2018 SmallSeaWeek events, organised by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, offer a chance for the community to get together on the coast, help improve the environment and have some creative fun. - supplied by HBRC   

The annual Seaweek Beach Clean-up is usually very popular and will again be at Waitangi Regional Park (Star Compass entry on State Highway 2) on Saturday, March 3.  The event starts at 9 am and finishes with a barbecue for volunteers.  

“Just giving a helping hand for a couple of hours diverts waste away from the ocean; last year over 580 kilograms was picked up in two hours by over 160 volunteers,” said Sally Chandler, Hawke's Bay Regional Council community engagement coordinator.  

There are many reasons why rubbish and litter end up on Hawke’s Bay beaches - it may have washed up, been left behind by visitors to the beach, been washed down rivers through the stormwater system, or illegally dumped.

“We hope to see the downward trend in this area continue, as last year’s rubbish collection was down by almost 100kgs on the previous year.  The enhancement of this area, to include the Star Compass and wetlands, is having a beneficial effect, especially on the level of illegal dumping.”

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s second event for Seaweek is the fun Sandcastle Competition for children, with the aim to raise awareness of pollution in the ocean and how it can affect sea life. This event will be on Sunday 4 March between 11 am and 2 pm at Waimarama Beach beside the Surf Life Saving Club.  There will be prize packs for winning entries in three age categories as well as spot prizes. 

  • Beach Clean Up, Waitangi Regional Park, Sat 3 March
  • Children’s Sandcastle Competition, Waimarama Beach, Sun 4 March

For further information on either event contact Sally Chandler at HBRC on 833 8036 or email: enviro@hbrc.govt.nz, or see Facebook: HBRegionalCouncil.

 

22 February 2018

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