Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


The Coca-Cola Foundation helps clean up marine litter

The Coca-Cola Foundation helps clean up marine litter from Auckland’s waterways
through local not-for-profit group Sea Cleaners

Auckland, New Zealand – 15 May 2019: More than 4.8 million pieces of marine litter – the equivalent of approximately 9,600 full rubbish bags - will be removed from waterways around Auckland this year as the result of a Coca-Cola Foundation grant to local environment group Sea Cleaners.

The year-long grant, worth over $NZD300,000, has enabled the Sea Cleaners’ team to put an extra boat and crew on the water, going out five days a week and one Sunday a month to clean up the Hauraki Gulf and Kaipara Harbour. This equates to nearly 2,000 hours of marine litter collection - with the aim of collecting 2000 – 3000 litres of litter each day.

Sea Cleaners has already collected 208,000L of rubbish this year as a result of the grant.

Hayden Smith, Founder and Captain of Sea Cleaners says: “We’re delighted the Coca-Cola Foundation grant allows us to clean up more of our precious waterways. In addition, we’ll be engaging with local communities to increase awareness of responsible recycling in New Zealand as we know education is key to changing behaviour.”

Coca-Cola Oceania’s General Manager, Richard Schlasberg, says: “We’re thrilled the Foundation is supporting Sea Cleaners clean up marine litter. However we know it’s going to take more than simply picking up litter to keep New Zealand’s waterways clean.

“Our global World Without Waste vision is to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one we sell by 2030. That’s why we’re focused on making an impact before plastic makes it into the environment, such as increasing collection of our bottles and cans and using more recycled materials in our packaging,” he says.

Coca-Cola Oceania also recently supported the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help bring The Pacific Summit to New Zealand - putting the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia.

Andrew Morlet, Chief Executive Officer of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation said: “Today's economy is massively wasteful. A circular economy - in which we design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems - offers a new vision and opportunity for value creation and low-carbon growth that benefits businesses, society and the environment.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Saudi Oil Refinery Crisis

So the US and the Saudis claim to have credible evidence that those Weapons of Oil Destruction came from Iran, their current bogey now that Saddam Hussein is no longer available.

Evidently, the world has learned nothing from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 when dodgy US intel was wheeled out to justify the invasion of Iraq, thereby giving birth to ISIS and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. More>>


PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation. More>>


'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>


Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>


people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>


Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>





InfoPages News Channels