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Beach clean for World Oceans Day
- Thursday 27th May 2021
- Conservation, Beach Clean
UPDATE: Due to poor weather forecast, we have decided to postpone the Beach Clean to Sunday 20 June 2021. Hope to see you on the 20th.
This coming Sunday 6 June, a group of Ōrākei businesses and community groups led by Mission Bay Business Association and SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium are setting out to clean up Mission Bay Beach.
The Mission Bay Beach Clean is taking place prior to World Oceans Day (Tuesday 8 June) and we are calling on the local community to join in and lend a hand.
Volunteers are asked to gather at Selwyn Reserve, Mission Bay between 1pm – 3pm to clear rubbish from the reserve and beach using gloves and bags provided. Participants are also invited to take part in a FREE beach yoga session from 3pm – 4pm, while kids will be treated to face painting throughout the afternoon.
Not only is the litter washing up on local shores an unpleasant sight; it also harms and kills marine wildlife. According to Ocean Crusaders, it is believed there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in our oceans causing over 100,000 marine mammals to die globally each year. Turtles, whales, dolphins, sea lions and sea birds are particularly susceptible to plastic pollution.
“Our aim is to encourage the local community to come together in a joint effort to help enact positive change by limiting the amount of harmful litter that ends up in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. We are uniting with the Ōrākei Local Board and the local community to help make a real difference ahead of World Ocean’s Day,” said Mark Goldstine, Mission Bay Business Association.
For those keen to learn more about how they can help protect Mission Bay and the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s team members will be available to discuss the pressures the marine park faces and the successful sea turtle rehabilitation programme.
What: Mission Bay Community Beach Clean
Where: Selwyn Reserve, Mission Bay Beach
When: Sunday 6 June 2021 >> NEW DATE Sunday 20 June 2021
Hours: 1pm – 3pm beach clean & 1pm - 4pm face painting
Beach Yoga Session: 3-4pm
Gloves and bags will be provided, just come and enjoy a day out with us!
Save the date in your diary now!