To celebrate Playcentre Awareness Week and Seaweek in March, whānau from Blockhouse Bay and Titirangi Playcentres organised to clean up Titirangi Beach on a sunny Monday morning. Fifteen eager families gathered to hear Oliver from Sustainable Coastlines talk to us about why it is important to “look after the things we love”. Our children were able to tell Oliver that plastic, straws, and wrappers were all rubbish, and that “everyone should put their rubbish in the bin”. Our children learned that plastic does not belong in the sea, and that rubbish can kill sea animals.
We then set off on a hunt for a very special kind of treasure – rubbish! With gloves on, and tongs and rubbish sacks in our hands, adults and children alike fanned out across the beach in their search. Our children enthusiastically scanned the beach, with many shouts of success ringing out across the bay. In just under an hour we had collected over 50 litres of rubbish with everything from a broom handle and a large piece of black rubber, to uncountable tiny pieces of plastic being found.
Blockhouse Bay Playcentre mum, Nalisha said, “we visit local beaches and reserves as a regular part of our programme and always spend time picking up rubbish wherever we go. From a very young age our children are growing up with an awareness that they can play an important role in protecting our environment.”