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Helping Mother Nature 2023

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16 May 2023

Giving Mother Nature a helping hand was the focus of more than 600 volunteers involved in the Mother of All Clean-ups 2023 in Christchurch recently.

The 50 groups of community volunteers and various school groups successfully cleared 438 bags of rubbish weighing 2,370kg and 180 large items from the city’s waterways, beaches and harbourside.

Their amazing efforts were supported by an eight-strong team from Citycare Water’s Waterways Team, and Citycare Water also donated 500 rubbish bags for the waterways and coastal clean-up.

The Ōtākaro/Avon and Ōpāwaho/Heathcote rivers, the Estuary, Lyttelton Harbour basin and New Brighton Beach were among the 50 sites cleared.

Kudos to the event organisers, the Estuary Trust, Ōpāwaho/Heathcote River Network, Conservation Volunteers NZ, Whaka Ora-Healthy Harbours, Sustainable Coastlines NZ and Avon-Ōtākaro Network and the 600-plus volunteers.

Among the Citycare Water helpers on the day were from left Justin Sintes, Jen Rush-Ford, Adam Rozanski, Maxime Sevin, Murray Lyes, Dan Rush and James Gilmour.