Beach clean-up supported by local business

Tauranga kayak tour business KG Kayaks is teaming up with the Department of Conservation and Waste Zero Whakatane to double the Conservation Week targeted beach clean-up area.

KG Kayaks will rally volunteers to clean up the award-winning Bay of Plenty coastline from Mount Maunganui to Opape.

Stretching over 125-kilometres of coastline, the environmental effort is the largest beach clean-up KG Kayaks has ever coordinated and will double its previous beach clean-up.

This event will be part of the Department of Conservation’s Conservation Week.

One kilometre of beach will be allocated to a minimum of two volunteers which is estimated to take each volunteer one hour. The 125-kilometer of coastline will require 250 volunteers.

Tourism Bay of Plenty Chief Executive Officer Kristin Dunne says that the efforts for our environment are paramount to ensure the region is protected for future generations to enjoy.

“We have an abundance of beautiful coastline on our doorstep. The beauty of our beaches is protected through the community’s love and commitment to conservation.

“Tourism Bay of Plenty’s Visitor Economy Strategy 2018-2028, which commenced on July 1 2018, is a strategy for sustainably and regeneratively managing the destination. We want to achieve a balance between tourism growth and protection of our natural taonga.

“I applaud KG Kayaks and their commitment to the environment they operate in.”

Local children’s author Nikki Slade Robinson will donate a signed copy of Munkle Arvur and The Bod to a Great Coast Clean Up volunteer.

“The story is about eco-warrior Munkle Arvur cleaning up the rubbish dump area that the Bod had created. Munkle upcycles, reuses, reduces, recycles and at the end of the story he’s cleaned things up enough to begin regenerating the land,” says Nikki.

Munkle Arvur and The Bod has been used for waste education to children around parts of New Zealand.

Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach was named New Zealand’s best beach by TripAdvisor’s 2019 Traveller’s Choice awards for the sixth consecutive time.

Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach was also named the fourth best beach in the South Pacific, Papamoa Beach number 18, and Ohope Beach number 19.

Farmlands Opotiki staff are also supporting the Great Coast Clean Up. The store has volunteered to collect used bags for the Great Coast Clean Up that will happen in September.

Locals are encouraged to drop off their large, empty sacks to either Farmlands Whakatane or Farmlands Opotiki to be reused as rubbish collection bags.

What: Great Coast Clean UP.

When: September 21, 8.30am to 11.30am.

Where: Bay of Plenty Coast.

Bring: Volunteers must provide their own gloves, and can pick up used sacks from Farmlands Whakatane or Opotiki to reuse as rubbish bags.

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