Matai Canoe Club cleaning up
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Saturday 4 March 2017 | Nelson/Tasman: Get involved in a big community clean-up of Tasman Bay beaches this upcoming Seaweek.


A big community clean-up of Tasman Bay beaches and other coastal areas between Tonga Island and Cable Bay (approximately 50 beaches) is planned for Seaweek 2017. 

You're invited to join as an individual, or encourage your business, sports or community group to get involved. It's the biggest community conservation project in the region.

It will be run by DOC, in partnership with Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council and Nelmac. In 2014 over 350 volunteers collected 3.93 tonnes of rubbish from approximately 300 km of beach. 

Children taking part will be eligible for the Toyota Kiwi Guardians Explorer Medal.

In this section

Date and time

It will be held on Saturday 4 March 2017, with a wet weather back-up of the following day, Sunday 5 March.

You can start as early as you like but note that rubbish collection points are only open between 9:00 am and 1.30 pm.

Duane and Adam encourage you to take part

Duane Major and Adam Gard’ner, the team behind the Givealittle campaign to buy the Awaroa beach, are encouraging people to sign up and take part.

Adam Gard’ner says, “Awaroa Beach is only one of the special places along the Tasman Bay coast.  The Big Beach Clean is a great opportunity to get people power out there to clean up the whole coastline.

“It’s amazing how much we can achieve when we all work together.”  

How to get involved

Find a team leader

You will need a team leader for each group who will be responsible for organising your team's rubbish collection. They will arrange transport to the designated beach, arrange for a trailer to transport rubbish, make sure the team is aware of health and safety risks, and sign a pledge of commitment.

The team leader will be responsible for registering the team and will be provided an information pack with all the relevant details.

Check the maps and select your top 3 sections of the beach to clean

Before registering look at the maps for the availability and the degree of difficulty.  Due to the popularity of sites you are asked to pick your top three choices, and advise if you may be willing to share one of the larger sites with another group.

  • Check the maps of the beach sections to pick sections of beach that will match your skills, fitness and ability. Look at the distance of the beach, and decide if the rubbish collection and drop-off at the compactor site can be completed in the 3 or 4 hour time frame. Larger sites may be split to ensure all groups are allocated a section.

Complete the registration form

You can still register - check the maps to see which sites are still available.

After you have registered

  • We will advise which site you have been allocated.
  • An information pack will be provided to the team leader containing all the relevant maps, directions, rubbish bags, any access issues with private landowners and a list of what you will need to bring.
  • A ‘pledge of commitment’ form will be included in the pack to be signed by the team leader and sent back to us within a week.
  • The team leader will have regular updates from us leading up to the event.


Sally Leggett
Phone: +64 27 203 5235

Be prepared

All group members should be prepared and be reasonably fit and able for the environment you will be working in.

Before you start and as you work, identify any specific hazards at each site and put in place steps to manage them e.g. rocks, concrete, sharp or heavy objects, other activities on the beach such as vehicle movement and people walking dogs.

Follow correct lifting procedures – don’t twist and lift.

What to bring

  • Strong footwear or gumboots
  • Warm clothing
  • Water
  • Food for the day
  • Wet weather gear
  • Cellphone
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • Lip balm
  • Heavy work or gardening gloves to protect your hands

Tides and weather

Rubbish collection points

Big Beach Clean-up rubbish will be processed at designated Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council rubbish collection points.

Rubbish will only be accepted between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm on the day of the beach clean-up.

The designated collection points are:

Tahunanui Compactor Station 
Located at Tahunanui Beach carpark, across from the Nelson Surf Lifesaving building. Follow the signs. 
Map (JPG, 515K)

Motueka Compactor Station
Located at Motueka DOC Office, corner of King Edward and High Streets.
Map (JPG, 516K)

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