Organic rubbish collection

All this trash was in the creek just S.E.E of Taniwha St.
All this trash was in the creek just S.E.E of Taniwha St.

While I was watering the dying trees on Omaru Creek (please rain soon) I noticed people were putting out their trash for the local in-organic rubbish collection. So I hauled a bunch of stuff out of the water. Some of it was so rusted it must have been in there for years. The pile was bigger but some of the stuff I found in the bush (bike parts) got picked up by some collectors (sweet!).

I just walked past the pile after going to the 'River Talks' in GI, and 80% of the trash is gone. It must have had value to scavenging recyclers as it's not back in the creek. Wahoo!
I just walked past the pile after going to the ‘River Talks’ in GI, and 80% of the trash is gone. It must have had value to scavenging recyclers as it’s not back in the creek. Wahoo!

UPDATE: Inspired by the recyclers my son and I just pulled out about 60kgs of rusting steel from below the high tide line. I would have photographed my pile of fencing mesh, corrugated iron and shopping trollies but they picked it up so fast!

Removed 25 TVs from Tamaki estuary

I decided not to wait for the council to get these out. It looks like a scrap dealer threw them over the cliff at Wai O Taiki Nature Reserve years ago and they have been leaking poison into the estuary ever since.


How I found them, tho most of them were covered in the mud (yes that is a dead dog). How I found them, tho most of them were covered in the mud (yes that is a dead dog).

In the other trash at the bottom of the cliff someone left me an old tent which I was able to use as a tarp to keep my car clean. In the other trash at the bottom of the cliff someone left me an old tent which I was able to use as a tarp to keep my car clean.

They did not want them at the local e-waste collection day but they said I could take them down to upcycle.co.nz during the week. They did not want them at the local e-waste collection day but they said I could take them down to upcycle.co.nz during the week, this is all of them on a trailer.

Upcycle were so awesome! They were happy to recycle the TVs for me even tho they would normally charge someone $250 for this much waste. And thats if the TVs are in good condition with valuable parts (these have been stripped). They were just as happy as me to see them out of our estuary, what heroes!

Watering on Omaru creek

Dying Rewarewa
Dying Rewarewa

I have tried to find out who planted these trees but no one seems to know. Many are completely dead – it has been a very dry summer. I am trying to revive the rest with local creek water (only when the tide is going out) but I am worried about the salt content. I tasted it once and it was a lot less salty than the sea but I will not again, not since I smelt the waste water being pumped into the creek upstream!

UPDATE: It’s officially a drought. I have been giving each tree approx. 4L of creek water once a week. There is no noticeable return of any green leaves. Tho one of the Rewarewa with a tiny amount of green has not lost it. The creek water is getting smellier I am not sure how good it is for the trees. I am bringing my house water down for the only Kauri.

UPDATE: They all died. The drought was bad, but I don’t know why Auckland Council plants trees and does not look after them.