29 November 2018

Less Is More

With significantly less rubbish collected than in years gone by, this year’s Cox’s Bay Clean Up has been hailed a huge success.


share

Addressing the 90-strong contingent of local volunteers, school children and members of the Hawke Sea Scouts, Ray White Damerell Group’s, Simon Damerell, announced ...

... that they had collected about a tenth of the volume of rubbish than they had last year, which he described as wonderful news.

“There’s an old saying that goes, rubbish attracts rubbish. So, the less rubbish there is, the less it will attract. Your hard work over the past seven years seems to be working. The message may finally be getting out there about plastic, which is fabulous,” he added.

Another member of the Ray White Damerell Group team who turned up to help on the day was Tony Warren, who was just as enthusiastic as Simon with the turnout. “Today has been awesome,” he said. “It’s great to see so many children getting involved and making them aware of what’s going on in their environment.

“It’s crazy to think that not only have most birds and fish got plastic in their systems, but the flow on effect from that is that we now have plastic in our bodies from eating the fish,” said Tony. “Any little bit that we can do to help, I’m behind it one hundred per cent.”

Hard at work finding even the smallest pieces of rubbish.

Hard at work finding even the smallest pieces of rubbish.

Gower Buchannan, one of the Directors at Ray White Damerell said he was really heartened to see such a great turnout, especially from his team. “We’ve been working in this area for over 20 years, now, and organising the Cox’s Bay Clean Up for seven. Every year we get great support from local people and the local schools, and also from the Hawke Sea Scouts.""As a consequence we’re seeing less and less plastic and Cox’s Bay has benefitted because of our efforts.”

Local resident, Ashleigh Ogden, a first-timer at the event said it was disheartening to see how much rubbish was left in such a beautiful area of Auckland. However, it was such a wonderful experience to come together with other locals to keep our land and waters clean. “The atmosphere in the crowd was buzzing with people of all ages getting stuck in together. It’s such a great initiative by Ray White, and I’ll definitely be back next year!”

Volunteers spreading out across the bay to collect rubbish.

Volunteers spreading out across the bay to collect rubbish.

The morning ended as it began, with Simon Damerell thanking everyone for their continued efforts in keeping this beautiful bay plastic free. There was also the announcement of the colouring-in prize, for which two lucky local children took home a snorkeling kit and a body board, and the family spot prize of a ferry trip to the bird sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi Island, just off the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

From the whole team at the Ray White Damerell Group, a huge thank you to Sea Cleaners, the Watercare Harbour Clean-Up Trust, Hawke Sea Scouts, and most of all, to all the members of our community who gave up their Sunday morning. Roll on next year!

Everyone enjoying a hot drink.

Everyone enjoying a hot drink.

What Can You Do To Help?

- Start by saying no to plastic. Try to reduce your personal consumption of plastic by using alternatives to plastic bags at the supermarket. Also, think about the packaging of the products you purchase. Drink bottles a classic example. From the ocean’s perspective glass and aluminium are OK.

- Just because it’s labelled recyclable doesn’t automatically make it ocean friendly. Anything that’s plastic has a negative impact on the ocean – plastic is not biodegradable.

- One habit everyone should get into is to pick up just one piece of rubbish a day and dispose of it responsibly. Think about it – that’s 4.5 million pieces of rubbish per day that won’t end up in the ocean.

share

Return to blog

More recent posts

2 July 2020

Kick back and relax


There’s a whole new way – or a very old one, depending how you look at it – of relaxing and unwinding… and it’s both legal and healthy.

More
18 June 2020

Two’s Company


It takes a special kind of relationship to form a successful design partnership – even more so when the two parties are related. We caught up Rose and Juliette Schwarz, a dynamic, mother-and…

More
10 June 2020

Hillsborough Bay Villas | 22 Hoskins Avenue, Hillsborough


Designed and built with the modern family in mind, the three homes at Hillsborough Bay Villas will set a new standard for architecture in this tightly held street

More
2 April 2020

‘World First’ International Online Real Estate Auction


In what is believed to be a ‘world first’, the Ray White Group has just completed its first ever international online auction sale with their auctioneer in isolation in Brisbane, some 2288km…

More
19 March 2020

Something quite special


Not only is this a home exquisitely finished, its diverse layout and enviable location make it an absolute must-see for anyone in the market for city-centre sanctuary.

More
12 March 2020

Go bold and bright


Interior designer Anya Brighouse unapologetically loves colour, and owning a very old Mount Eden home has in no way cramped her style.

More
5 March 2020

Un-follow Fashion


Forget fads and trends, think form and function. It will pay you dividends.

More
20 February 2020

Turning Over a New Leaf


After spending the first half of his life in the corporate world, and hating everything about it, Derek Hillen decided he wanted to do something more positive with the second half. But what?…

More
13 February 2020

Cox’s Bay Clean Up 2020


After a year’s absence the Cox’s Bay Clean Up is back – and the team at Ray White Damerell Group can’t wait to pull on their gumboots, grab a rubbish bag and get busy.

More

Contact Us

Are you interested in knowing more about one of these articles? Please fill out the form below to get in contact with us.