Congratulations to Andrew Earl-Peacock, the winner of our Tidy Kiwi Volunteer of the Month for September.

During lockdown Andrew took a bike ride from his home in Brighton, Dunedin to Taieri Mouth and was disgusted by the amount of litter he saw. Unable to work at his job at Moana Pool or surf as he normally would due to the level 4 restrictions, Andrew took it upon himself to collect roadside rubbish.

“It’s a stunning part of the country and it was upsetting to see so much litter, especially when much of it appeared to have been thrown out of car windows or fallen off the back of trucks. I knew that eventually it would all end up on the beaches and in the ocean, so I set myself the challenge of cleaning up the 15 kilometre stretch of road between Brighton and Taieri Mouth.”

Andrew spent fours hours a day walking the roadside collecting rubbish including things like drink bottles and fast-food packaging, but of greater concern to him was the “appalling amount of illegal dumping”.

Andrew had help from his landlords for a few days and when the community saw and heard about what he was doing there were others who were inspired to get out and do the same in their own parts of the neighbourthood. Andrew also contacted Dunedin City Council regarding the larger items which needed to be removed and was happy to hear that they’d get a contractor out to remove the rubbish.

Congratulations again Andrew and thanks for the great work you’ve done to help Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

This month’s Tidy Kiwi will receive $100, a Keep New Zealand Beautiful t-shirt, a Resene paint voucher and more – along with being automatically nominated for the Tidy Kiwi Award at our annual Beautiful Awards! Plus, thanks to Stand Desk we have four desks to give away this year to our Tidy Kiwi Volunteer of the Month winners – we will draw a winner for this every three months.

If you know someone who does great work keeping New Zealand beautiful, you can nominate them here.

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