Exasperated by the amount of rubbish dumped near the Waikato River, Leah Mihinnick has decided to take action.
Hailing from Tuakau, Leah was horrified to see the condition people were leaving the public area, located along Alder Road, just past the Tuakau Bridge.
“There were couches, dead pigs, all sorts of household rubbish dumped down there. The Waikato River is my awa, it is special to me and my whanau. To see it being left in that condition and being polluted is heartbreaking.”
Seeing the state it was in ‘stirred up something inside’ of Leah, and she shared on Facebook photographs and her thoughts on the matter. She didn’t realise that her social media post was going to go viral, and after the response she received, Leah decided to do something about it. She organised a working bee on Saturday 9 December 2017, which saw a great turn out from the Tuakau community.
“We had offers of rubbish bags and cleaning resources, and many who wanted to lend a hand. While most of the rubbish has been collected, it was great to see the community come out and willing to help,” said Leah.
However, Leah reiterated that the working bee wasn’t a one-off event. “The community needs to take ownership for what is going on down here. We need to let Waikato District Council know immediately when people have dumped rubbish down there. Enough is enough, it can’t go on like this anymore.”
Any illegal dumping should be reported to Waikato District Council on 0800 492 452.