19 November 2003
Auckland City gives nod of approval to Waitemata Harbour Cleanup Trust for another year
Auckland City Council’s Works Committee today agreed to continue its joint funding of the Waitemata Harbour Cleanup
Trust for another year, by approving $30,000 as its share of the Trust’s funding.
The Trust was set up in September 2002 with the aim of cleaning up the Waitemata harbour and raising public awareness
that harbour litter is a problem. The Trust’s boat, the 7m Phil Warren, cruises the harbour and its estuaries picking up
litter. The costs are shared among Auckland City, Auckland Regional Council, North Shore City, Onyx New Zealand, Ports
of Auckland, Watercare and Waitakere City.
“The Waitemata harbour is an important part of our cultural and social identity, and is used extensively for pleasure
and commerce. Every year, a lot of rubbish finds its way into the harbour. Not only is this unsightly, but it also
interferes with the marine environment and fragile ecosystems along our coastline,” says Councillor Bill Christian,
chairperson of the Works Committee.
The main areas in Auckland city where rubbish appears to accumulate are around the Westhaven wave break, in the
mangroves of the Whau River, and in the upper Tamaki River.
"It's up to all of us to play our part in disposing of rubbish in a responsible way, and so help keep the Waitemata
beautiful," says Mr Christian.