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More funding for Sea Cleaners in Northland

Sea Cleaners received a shot in the arm with additional funding announcement this week. PHOTO/SUPPLIED
Northern Advocate
A volunteer-operated group behind marine clean-ups in Northland will receive $75,000 from the government and a further $50,000 from a Whangarei company to help keep its operation afloat.

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced the government's contribution, alongside $50,000 from Port Nikau co-owned by Tony Davies-Colley, to the Sea Cleaners Trust.

Sea Cleaners has collected more than 1.6 million pieces of rubbish from Northland waterways and beaches over seven months and more than 4.3 million litres from the sea throughout the country since it was established in 2002.

Hayden Smith, who started the initiative in Auckland before expanding to Northland, welcomed the new funding which, he said, would help a great deal in their work.


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The trust is short of $150,000 for its work in Northland but Mr Smith said they were now getting "very close" to hitting the target.

"Our programme to operate on a full time capacity, we need an extra $150,000 to cover six months worth of work," he said.

Sea Cleaners involves young people in the clean ups to teach them the importance of stopping rubbish flowing into the seas.

Northland Regional Council deputy chairman David Sinclair, who was instrumental in getting the council to allocate $25,000 each year to the trust for the next 10 years, said
every bit of financial assistance helped.

"The reality is we want more people, more boats and that requires funding to maintain the vessels and to advertise the programme. Education side of things is the biggest priority.

"We have kids picking up rubbish and they won't allow their parents to drop rubbish which helps in the work Sea Cleaners are doing," he said.

Mr Sinclair said he would push for NRC to increase its yearly funding allocation to $50,000.

Ms Kaye said about 750 young people and the marine environment from Northland to
Waikato would benefit from the new funding allocation.

"This is about supporting young people to hone skills such as leadership, planning and collaboration, while at the same time providing a valuable service for the environment and their communities."

"Young people on the programme will learn about the global and local issue of marine litter, and be supported to organise coastal clean-ups in their local areas.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to gain more awareness of how habits on the land can impact the marine environment, and what action can be taken to lead and promote change."

Last week, the trust gave a presentation to the Whangarei District Council about its need for a further $150,000 so it can expand its work.
Navy and Sea Cleaners tackle more than 50,000 litres of rubbish
STUFF NEWS 16 April 2017
Sea Cleaners chief executive Hayden Smith.

Car parts, refrigerators, ovens, "anything you can think of, it's here", Hayden Smith says. Smith, founder of volunteer marine restoration group Sea Cleaners, was helping pick up rubbish in Otara's Upper Tamaki Strait on Sunday.

The group teamed up with the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) who provided 115 junior officers and sailors for some extra muscle power.

It's the second year the RNZN has taken part in the initiative which is part of its humanitarian aid training.

The operation collected around 50,000 litres of rubbish. Local schools will continue to take on a guardianship role of the waterways to keep them clean.

Smith, who recently won Kiwibank's New Zealand Local Hero Award, says cleaning up estuaries and coastlines is about creating harbours for the future.

"Our goal since 2002 has been to clean up Auckland's waterways, but also provide a public information and education programme that will hopefully prevent future generations from littering and dumping rubbish," he says.

Sea Cleaners co-founder Ben Harris says the dumping of car tyres and shopping trolleys is becoming more of a problem.

A recent clean-up in the Pahurehure Inlet collected more than 1000 tyres, he says.

Sea Cleaners and the Navy teamed up to collect more than 50,000 litres of rubbish in Otara's Tamaki Strait.

​"We were involved with Sea Cleaners last year as part of the Navy's 75th celebrations and while it was hard work it was also incredibly rewarding for our officers and sailors.

"Not just because of the amount of junk and rubbish we cleaned up that wasn't going any further into the gulf, but because it proved to be an excellent bonding experience," he says.

Sea Cleaners has removed over 4.5 million litres of plastic rubbish and debris from New Zealand's seas, oceans and waterways since work began, which equates to 150 shipping containers filled with loose litter, or 35 million individual pieces of rubbish.

- Stuff

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