Hunk of Junk

Story by Kylie Hall Photos by Paul Smith

When these photos crossed my desk, my first thoughts were how beautiful the shots were.

That’s testament to the excellent skills of local photographer Paul Smith who supplied the images. However, dig deeper and what you see are rusty, ragged wrecks, with jagged broken metal jutting out, just waiting to cause injury to a curious child or a boisterous pet dog.

Paul photographed these wrecks at Waiuku’s most popular beach, Karioitahi. He says initially when he saw the wrecks, that they were a novelty. “But then I had a rethink…more pollution and rubbish from people who have no respect for our coastline.” Friend Kim Reiche felt the images highlighted the issue of rubbish on our lovely beaches, and so contacted The Post Newspaper.

This summer has seen massive volumes of beach goers hit this popular spot, soaking up the sun, boogie boarding in the surf and enjoying walks along the long stretches of sand. So why are these half-buried wrecks sunning themselves on one of our beautiful beaches? They don’t look like recent additions. How did they get there, and why haven’t they been removed?

Whilst we can’t be sure as to how they got there, we contacted Auckland Council to find out how we can get rid of them. Ian Stupple, General Manager Waste Solutions, Auckland Council stated that council had not received any calls to their contact centre regarding abandoned cars at Karioitahi Beach. “However as we are now aware of the issue, we will be liaising with Police and investigating the removal of the cars. Auckland Council staff will try to locate and notify the owner of the vehicle using registration details, engine or chassis numbers, and will investigate the removal of the vehicle.”

Council will then try to recoup the removal costs from the owners. So, if one of these wrecks happens to be yours… save those pennies and expect a call sometime soon! And if you come across an abandoned vehicle on any of our beaches falling within the Auckland Council boundaries, be sure to report it to the council’s contact centre on 09 301-0101.
Now let’s see how long it takes for these hunks of junk to be gone from our beach.

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Local photographer Paul Smith captured these shots of jagged rusting wrecks at Karioitahi Beach.


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