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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.
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).