Our Seas Our Future volunteer Josie Crawshaw (centre) and
others sort rubbish collected in the Seaweek Coastal
Clean-up at St Kilda. Photo supplied.
A Dunedin-based marine conservation group has been
recognised for its efforts to clean up Dunedin's harbour with
Our Seas Our Future (Osof) won the New Zealand Association
for Environmental Education (NZAEE) Seaweek ''Ocean
Champion'' award for 2014.
The group's founder, Noel Jhinku, was awarded a ''highly
commended'' Keep Dunedin Beautiful Award for continuing civic
Since its founding, Osof has held regular beach clean-ups.
It has also been involved in the Adopt a Coast project aimed
at educating pupils on the marine system, and other campaigns
to raise awareness about environmental issues.
NZAEE Seaweek national co-ordinator Mels Barton said it was
wonderful to have a winner who advocated and educated
effectively within the community about protecting our oceans
and showed leadership by getting out there and doing the work
in their local area.
Mr Jhinku said winning the awards had been an encouraging
boost to the group and he was grateful to have a big enough
support base to win.