Businesses pitch in to clean up Ōrākei beaches

Publish Date : 26 Feb 2019
Businesses pitch in to clean up Orakei beaches
Mission Bay Beach.

Ōrākei Local Board is supporting a project by SEA LIFE Trust which helps local businesses to cut their use of plastic and reduce plastics in their local environment.

The project, called Plastic-Free Ōrākei, kicked off during Conservation Week in September last year.

In December, Mission Bay’s Ben & Jerry’s led the charge with a beach clean-up at Mission Bay Beach.

Ben & Jerry’s staff member Jamie Betts says last year’s clean-up was a great success.

Focused on micro-plastics, they also collected a lot of other rubbish including bottle caps, cigarette butts, old bottles and ice-block sticks.

Next month, local Barfoot & Thompson branches are picking up the baton with beach clean-ups planned at their local beaches.

The company's Mission Bay, Kohimarama and St Heliers offices will run the clean-ups on 14 March and they are welcoming help from the community.

Branch manager Teresa Weiss says they’d love people to join them and bring friends and family along to help. Environmentally friendly protective gloves and rubbish bags are provided.

Ōrākei Local Board chair Kit Parkinson says it’s fantastic to see businesses pitching in to keep local beaches clean and free of plastics.

“It really shows that they’re willing to roll up their sleeves and do their part to protect our local environment,” he said.

Find out how you can take part in the upcoming clean-ups at the Mission Bay Barfoot & Thompson Facebook page.

For more information about the Plastic-Free Ōrākei project or to get involved, visit the SEA LIFE Trust NZ Facebook page or email

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