Clean-Up Day in the Pourewa Valley

20 September 2015

An enthusiastic team of 30 volunteers removed old ovens, fridges, fences, stereos, lawnmowers and more from the Pourewa Valley on September 19.

Our residents association joined forces with the newly-created Friends of Pourewa Valley to do the cleanup event, which was organisedĀ as part of ‘Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week’ (September 14-20, 2015).

The Pourewa Valley lies between Meadowbank and Mission Bay. The cleanup event was held mainly in the area behind the ASB Stadium on Kohimarama Rd, which has clearly been used as an unofficial rubbish dump in times gone by.

For years Roy Clements (see his work in this clip from TV One’s ‘Good Sorts’ segment) and other people passionate about the valley have been clearing weeds, trapping pests and planting natives. Until now they’ve not had the manpower or disposal resources to clear the rubbish.

Waste Management kindly provided two skips to supplement the rubbish bags supplied by Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

The valley will soon be home to the Eastern Path – a shared walkway and cycleway that stretches from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive. Friends of Pourewa Valley hope that the valley can be protected from development, and perhaps one day be opened up as a recreational reserve for all to use.

Some photos from the day are below. For more, see our Pourewa Valley Clean-up page on Facebook:

Cleaneruppers at briefing

Cleaner-uppers at briefing

Desley at cleanup event

Orakei Local Board Chair Desley Simpson with a bunch of scrap metal removed. Desley definitely wins the prize for best dressed!

Metal skip

Our metal skip filling up!

Old fridge at cleanup event

Old fridges among the weird and wonderful items removed at our clean up day

Removing rubbish with a smile

Removing rubbish with a smile – Orakei Local Board member Mark Thomas with local volunteers

Well deserved cuppa and muffin

A well-deserved cuppa and cookie after our clean-up day