Thirty members of Napier’s Indonesian community dedicated part of their weekend to walking three kilometres of Westshore beach, picking it clean of rubbish.
They filled more than 10 bags, provided by Napier City Council, collected discarded tyres and plenty of plastic detritus.
The clean-up the group took part in after Cyclone Gabrielle swept through provided the inspiration, says organiser Dwi Wangsawidjaja.
“We mark Indonesian Independence Day in some way every year. It is nice to do something out in the community, for the community.”
It has been 78 years since Indonesia declared its independence from the Netherlands.
Other events have included a fashion show of traditional clothing, a batik workshop and participation in the Blossom Parade.
Planning is underway for another clean-up, to take place shortly.
The amount of rubbish washed up on Napier’s beaches has increased significantly since February. Council has had regular requests to pick up what amounts to entire trailer loads of rubbish, on the Awatoto foreshore.
Often people walking along the beach will collect what they can and pile it up next to Council bins for collection.
24 August 2023
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