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Giant clean up for Otautahi's waterways in 'mother of all clean ups'

Rachel Das
Estuary
Linwood Central Heathcote Community Board's Alexandra Davids and Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust's Tanya Jenkins search the estuary shore for tiny bits of plastic. Rachel Das

About 1000 Cantabrians picked up rubbish along the banks of our rivers and estuaries the day before Mother's Day.

Lollipop sticks, car tyres and needles were just a few of the things fished out of Christchurch waterways over the weekend. 

Local residents, politicians and children rubbed shoulders in a mammoth effort to clean up the water environment. 

One volunteer, Anne Kennedy, said there was more rubbish than they had time for.

"You could just about build a new car (from what we've picked up)," she said. 

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