Auckland Airport coastal clean-up yields surprises

11 April 2017

A well-used cricket bat, a tyre and wheel, and a commercial bread delivery tray are among the items Māngere College students found during Auckland Airport’s annual environmental coastline clean-up.

Anna Cassels-Brown, Auckland Airport’s general manager – people and safety, says, “We’re constantly amazed at the things our staff and students find during our annual coastal clean-up. Our airport coastline is a restricted security area and not accessible to the public, so this event always brings some surprises.”

“A few years ago we found a handbag full of credit cards that had been stolen in the late 1980s. That’s a long time for something to be washing around in the harbour and, like the rest of the rubbish we find, it’s much better for the environment that we pick it up and dispose of it properly.”

The airport’s clean-up, now in its sixth year and part of the ‘Love your Coast Manukau Harbour’ campaign, is the inspiration of one of the airport’s firefighters, Vaughn Chiplin.

The event brought together 22 students and teachers from Māngere College, one of Auckland Airport’s closest schools, and 24 airport staff and saw 1,200 litres of rubbish collected, much of which airport staff have recycled.

The afternoon’s activities included an education session, clean-up and BBQ with national charity, Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust, who were also a recipient of a $10,000 Twelve Days of Christmas grant from Auckland Airport in 2016.

The coastal clean-up forms part of Auckland Airport’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities which have a focus on the environment, education and employment.

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For further information please contact:

Kate Thompson
+64 21 385 446
kate.thompson@aucklandairport.co.nz