This Saturday 8th May, the South Auckland community will band together to clean up the Puhinui Stream, a 12km waterway
which runs from Totara Park to the Manukau Harbour.
Te Puhinui Big Clean is expected to draw over 1000 volunteers, including whānau, churches, schools, businesses and
The clean-up is being organised by the Beautification Trust, an organisation dedicated to protecting and improving the
environment in South Auckland. The event is supported by Panuku Development Auckland, Mana Whenua, Wiri Business
Association, Business Manukau, Auckland Botanic Gardens and CityCare.
The morning clean-up will be followed by a free zero-waste BBQ and entertainment at the Auckland Botanic Gardens from
12pm for all volunteers who take part.
In 2016, the Beautification Trust set the record for New Zealand's largest single environmental clean-up. The massive
event saw almost 2000 volunteers remove more than 12.5 tonnes of rubbish from the Puhinui Stream and Manukau Harbour
foreshore, including 300 tyres and over 200 shopping trolleys.
“We’re hoping to see a vast improvement in the condition of the waterways since then,” says Beautification Trust CEO,
The clean-up effort will create an opportunity for local communities put in the mahi to help restore this precious awa
and remain engaged in its protection. The main focus is on removing inorganic rubbish and cleaning up illegal dumping.
“Removing plastic rubbish is particularly important to protect our native species and ecosystems,” says Barthow.
An estimated 10 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean globally every year – the equivalent of one rubbish truck
Plastic in waterways breaks down into small pieces that look like food to birds, fish and other marine animals. When
they eat it, it builds up in their stomachs and can cause them to starve to death when they have no room left for food.
“We can all play our part to reduce our consumption of plastic, remove it from our waterways and protect local
wildlife,” says Barthow.
The Beautification Trust is welcoming all volunteers who want to take part in Te Puhinui Big Clean to register on their
website. There are family-friendly clean-up sites, so people of all ages can get involved.
The event starts on Saturday 8th May at 8:30am at the Auckland Botanic Gardens Everglade Drive entrance. Register or
find out more at beautification.org.nz/bigclean