Twelve bags full
Pick it up and throw it in the rubbish — that was the takeaway comment from a group of Waikirikiri School students who cleaned up Kaiti Beach last week.
They picked up enough litter to fill one dozen large black bags.The students said it made them sad to find all that rubbish on the coastline of the beach. The group of Year 5, 6 and 7 students are called Kohine Toa.They have been learning a lot with Sport Gisborne active communities adviser Kate Ney, who said she loved her role being able to support these young women with hauora and wellness.“As a group, these girls and I sat down and talked about what hauora and wellness meant to each of them. “They said saving the turtles, working with other people, eating well and physical activity were the main things.”The students have been bike-riding, cooking meals, visiting residents at Dunblane Lifecare and Village, as well as doing the Kaiti Beach clean-up.They even cycled from their school in Kaiti to the Tairawhiti Environment Centre for a composting and waste minimisation learning session.Tairawhiti Environment Centre manager Rena Kohere said they were such an awesome group of tauira (students).“It was so much fun to be able to take the students down to the beach that is on the back doorstep of their school and their community, and share the beach clean/waste audit korero with them.”