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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.”

KOHINE TOA: This group of young women from Waikirikiri School love hanging out with Sport Gisborne active communities adviser Kate Ney. There are about 20 girls in the group (some were busy doing other activities and could not make the photo) who get together with Ms Ney to discuss what hauora and wellbeing means to them. Last week it was about cleaning up the coastline on Kaiti Beach — and these students filled 12 black bags with rubbish. From left are Sport Gisborne’s Kate Ney, and Year 6 students Wairua Taare, Allundra Brown, Heaven Ngatoko Biddle, Georgina Moeke, Kiana Hope and Lauais Nepia. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell