A Mahurangi West resident is horrified at the amount of rubbish washing up on what was once a pristine beach on the peninsula.
Diana Winter regularly does a litter patrol on the Mita Bay beach, which has no public access. But after recent heavy rain, higher than usual tides and an easterly wind, she was shocked at the amount of rubbish she collected over a three-day period.
“Most of it was plastic – lots of pegs, milk bottle and drink bottle lids, and straws,” she says. “There were also a lot of fine plastic fragments, which could easily be ingested by birds or fish.”
Nylon fishing line, mesh bags, cans and plastic pipes were also evident.
“People need to really think about the packaging that they are buying and how they are disposing of it. It’s so disappointing to see such a beautiful beach polluted in this way.”