On Saturday 8th May, around 500 volunteers banded together to clean up South Auckland’s waterways.
Te Puhinui Big Clean was originally planned to clean up the Puhinui Stream, a 12-kilometre waterway from Totara Park to
the Manukau Harbour. But due to the large number of volunteers, the clean-up effort was extended to include the Otara
Creek and Papakura Stream as well.
The clean-up was organised by the Beautification Trust, an organisation dedicated to protecting and improving the
environment in South Auckland.
“We were absolutely thrilled with the commitment of the local community and their collective impact,” says
Beautification Trust CEO, Daniel Barthow. “There is such a unique community spirit here in South Auckland. Our community
takes pride in the environment and so many people were willing to pitch in and make a difference.”
The clean-up was attended by whānau, schools, businesses, faith-based communities and community groups. Volunteers
removed tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish, including road cones, car parts, building materials, old furniture and even
a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
The morning clean-up was followed by a free zero-waste BBQ and entertainment at the Auckland Botanic Gardens for all
volunteers who took part.
The event was supported by Panuku Development Auckland, Wiri Business Association, Business Manukau, Auckland Botanic
Gardens, CityCare and mana whenua, Te Waiohua.
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.
The Beautification Trust is now encouraging local businesses, schools and community groups to “adopt a spot” along the
Puhinui Stream to help keep the waterway free of rubbish. To adopt a spot or enquire about holding a clean-up in your
area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.