Inorganic rubbish collecting in Omaru creek

Trash collected and piled up on the side of the road.
Trash collected and piled up on the side of the road.

I had some help from Lucas this year and we pulled out some really big bits of trash. The most interesting thing being an entire cash register! I had pulled the shopping trolley in the photo out of the creek a few months ago when it first went in. I did call PAK’nSave and give them an address for where their expensive trolley was. Unfortunately it was eventually biffed back in the creek and is now ruined.

Things Aucklanders can do to help the Hauraki Gulf

Inspired by some recent conversations, I put together this list (in no particular order).

Things Aucklanders can do to help the Hauraki Gulf

Times

Oil While I was cleaning up this rusted oil barrel that had been dumped near a stream in Selwyn Bush decades ago, I thought about how “times have changed”. I guess all I need to do is make them change faster.

Philosophy

I found this old thing on my hard-drive. Might help me get focused.Why I should dedicate some serious time to Biodiversity
I think the obvious answer is a wetland because those environments were hardest hit buy farmers. Tho interestingly I do not know much about threatened wetland species. Our rivers and shorelines face a lot of commercial & recreational pressure. A wetland also sits at an interesting intersection:

  • When I visit forests I hear a lack of quality in the silence (lack of bird life)
  • When I drive through the countryside I see a lack of quality in the monotonous monocultures.
  • When I kayak in NZ, the water feels empty. I think for me — quality is biodiversity and the water is overfished and often polluted.

It would be magic if I could fill all three buckets with one hose.