Cleaning up Kaikoura

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A crew of seven locals employed to help with the clean-up in Kaikoura are making great progress and leaving a great impression.

The workers are part of the ‘Enhanced Task Force Green’ programme funded by the Ministry of Social Development to help restore community and recreational facilities after serious events.

The team have been working since July and have taken on several projects including tidying the cemetery, clearing the Lydia Washington Track, working on the beach walkway and Kowhai cycle trail and cleaning and re-barking the Whale Watch car park and entrance way.

The team has recently started work on the well-used Tom’s Track between South Bay and the township.

The crew is enjoying the work, supervisor Tamati Rae said, “it’s great being able to help out and see the positive impact we’re having. For most of the team, it’s their first job like this. Being part of putting things back together and helping out those who need it is pretty special. The locals we’ve been able to help have been really grateful - being able to work in some of the prettiest spots in town is a bonus too.”

The idea to apply for the funding came from the District’s Mayor Winston Gray, “Kaikoura is a small community and after the earthquake we had a lot of recreational and community spaces that were worse for wear. The programme appealed because it was funding for locals, to do something local to improve places that mean a lot to locals. It’s been so great to see them making progress – I look forward to seeing what else they manage to tackle before November.”

The team is being coordinated by Kaikoura District Council and will be working until November.