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Te Awhina – Help

This scene is far too familiar; we need your help to STOP it. Te Oneroa-ā-Tohe and Te Hiku Forest are special places; they deserve to be treated better than this.
Dumping of garden waste can spread noxious weeds which cost time and chemical to control, if they can be caught in time. Sometimes they become too widespread and end up changing the environment for ever.

Dumping rubbish is disrespectful, an eyesore and potentially hazardous to wildlife, land and sea. Cars pushed into water bodies can leak fuel and oil. By now I’m sure we have all heard about the problem plastic is causing the ocean and all that depend on it.

There is a year round restriction on open fires on the Aupōuri and Karikari Peninsulas. A campfire at the beach sounds fun, but the risk fire poses to; property, the environment, life and livelihoods is huge and far outweighs a couple of hour of fun.

This is not someone else’s problem; this is everyone’s problem. So please compost or burn (with a permit) your own garden waste at home or take it to a transfer station. It’s free to recycle lots of rubbish at local transfer stations, greatly reducing the amount you need to pay for disposal. Remember fires on our venerable coast line are never OK.

Summit Forests is installing trail cameras in trouble spots. If you see something dodgy report it to your iwi, Summit Forests (094067024) or the police. Kaitiakitanga is all our responsibility