I heard about it on the news while the floods were happening and I saw an interview on the news with Mike and jumped on Facebook and had a bit of a scroll through to see how the progress was going and found out that there were low volunteer numbers and that’s the only way this problem is going to get solved, is people on the ground. So missioned down from the North Island to come and help for a week.
You know what the people that are here, are people that you wouldn’t normally encounter. There is a really eclectic bunch of people from all walks of life with a common passion and we have had some really interesting conversations and its actually probably the coolest part about being here is meeting all these people that are like minded and have a love for New Zealand. Even people that have travelled from overseas to be here are working here which is crazy.
The views behind, the fudge and the need. It needs to be done. That’s the only motivation you need, just look around and there is more rubbish so just do it.
I’m a New Zealander. I’ve been tramping since the 70’s. So to me our national environment is very important. The impact of letting something happen like this – it upsets me. If I was out walking in the bush and came across this I would be so annoyed. I came because I have time. I’m retired I have time to clean it up. I’m fit active and healthy so why wouldn’t I. It’s too bigger job for just the locals to clean up. If we don’t fix this one, we won’t fix the next one.