Feb. 25, 2022, 7:15 p.m.
The cost of dumping rubbish across Te Tai Tokerau is starting to become a problem for Karikari Peninsula kaitiaki, who are constantly finding large amounts of rubbish dumped in their wetlands, on roadsides and in their backyard.
Rubbish mounds of toxic waste, nappies and beer bottles litter the ground. Leaving fire hazards and melting pots for toxic spill and rodents to thrive. What has been described as an “eye-sore” is no short of a social issue that continues to grow.
Yogi Greaves (Ngāti Kahu) and Nina Raharuhi (Ngāti Kahu) make up only a small fraction of the combined effort, working to clean and protect the taiao and the home they cherish. Its proving to be a challenge however, with the fire season at full effect and environment effort already stretched thin in Te Tai Tokerau.
“Maybe every second month we could do free dumping, for whanau that need to dump their rubbish or maybe we could do a, 'put your rubbish on the curbside' kaupapa every four months, and then the council take it away for free. Those kinds of actions can be helpful for our whānau, who can not afford to dump their rubbish or household items” stated Raharuhi.
With wide scale attention and support needed, illegal rubbish dumping proves to have a strong impact on the community.