Illegal dumping cleared from Weiti River

Illegal dumping cleared from Weiti River

Published: Thursday 21 January 2021

The Weiti River plays a significant role as part of a network of streams that flow through the Hibiscus and Bays area of Auckland and out to Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve.

Litter was discovered and removed from underneath a small concrete dock accessible only by a rough narrow informal walkway or by boat.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said it was a disgrace that people had been dumping rubbish in the river.

“Our waterways are havens for wildlife and places for Aucklanders to enjoy their natural environment,” he says.

“It’s only a small number of individuals who are choosing to dump rubbish, damaging the environment and ruining other people’s enjoyment of this ecosystem.

“They need to stop, and I would urge anyone who sees such behaviour to contact Auckland Council so those responsible for littering or illegal dumping can be fined or prosecuted.”

Restore Hibiscus and Bays facilitators were told about the litter by community members who were doing weed workshops in the area. They shared stories of people dropping their plastic while fishing off the dock. This info was relayed to Auckland Council’s community parks team who organised to get it promptly addressed.

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