Geopark helps to keep NZ beautiful

Paddy and Cathy Lawrence brought their granddaughter Lydia Martin (6) to pick up rubbish at Kakanui’s Campbells Bay during the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark’s beach clean-up yesterday.

From 10am to 11am, more than 30 people gathered at the beach to pick through bushes and dunes for anything that did not belong there, including blow-away plastic and strewn bottles.

The event was part of the Keep New Zealand Beautiful's annual Clean Up Week, and was the geopark’s first beach clean-up — and would certainly not be its last, organisers said.

Community initiator Misha Dixon said the geopark had its sights set on the Kakanui River mouth. Miss Dixon and other organisers did not expect volunteers to find a lot of rubbish because the beach was under the care of the geopark.

Instead, the day was more about raising awareness around pollution and kaitiaki (land guardianship).

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