Past Events

July Denby Reserve Planting and LWMCU

We had 45 volunteers come together today in Denby Reserve off Puna rere drive. We planted 490 trees and plants and then picked up around 500kg of rubbish and recycling.
We made short work of the plants, we were done by 10.30 and were able to get stuck into doing the clean up. After only an hour, we had picked up a full truck load and full bins of recycling. A few were digging things out of the ground, while some hopped in the streams and fished out items from the deep.

As we finished the planting the rains came down! We all huddled in the shelter and Laura from Forward Whangarei turned up with the meals provided by Palate Wholesome Collective. A great day, thank you to everyone who supported this event celebrating the work of the New Zealand Defense Force.


June LWMCU Parihaka Summit

30 E.N.F.O.R.C.E.E.R.s made Parihaka summit 840KG lighter!
Within the Rubbish, Recyclables and Reusables were 20 tyres, a computer, an old melted rubbish bin , a stereo, an old pottery jug, a toaster, old rip top cans, old leeds and coke bottles, a barrel of oil, a car spring, a plank of heavy wood, a necklace, an old sign and 260kg of bottles and cans.

Thank you to Rotary for donating the trailer, it came in extremely handy today, for the recycling.
Thank you to all those who support our efforts to clean up our home.


May the Fourth 2019 Northtec planting and LWMCU

We got to 35 E.N.F.O.R.C.E.E.R.s today.
Collecting trash and planting.
The planting and mulching only took a short time with the solid ground, many hands made light work.
We then made a move to the top car park where we head to the roads and pathways to collect what we could find. Getting stuck into neighbor’s properties and bushes too.

There was all sorts collected with 120kg being removed, including a few tyres, a TV, a heater, a bread knife, a child’s number play mat, and assorted other items.

When we finished the clean up we headed back to the main planting area as we got 10 delicious pizzas from Hell Pizza Whangarei, so that we could all share a meal afterwards together.

May the Fourth be with you


LWMCU Dragonfly Springs Saturday 13th April 2019

Today was a little different than our usual events.
We headed down a back road in Onerahi to find Dragonfly Springs Wetland Sanctuary (DFS).
The location, a pile of trash that rental tenants had thrown over their fence over a few years.
The area is a storm water filtration system, with storm water passing through rocks and filtering through plants, then out to sea.

We had 29 E.N.F.O.R.C.E.E.R.s up the hill sifting through to find the bits of trash strewn through the area.
Today wasn’t a huge area, but what we removed was way more than it first appeared to be.
We collected approximately 400kg of trash!

There was plenty of fliers, toys, a few tools including an Oxy/acetylene torch head, general waste, and a few clothes, and as pointed out by the children a few bras👙.

When we finished the clean up, we all headed into the shade of their shelter for a coffee and home made biscuits, made by Pam, of DFS.
Jeremy then took us around DFS for an informative guided tour.

Thank you to all those who came to support our efforts to clean up our home.

Gumboot Loop for Gumboot Friday 5th April 2019

Tonight we joined together to support Mike King with I AM HOPE NZ on #GumbootFriday, to do the first Annual #GumBootLoop.

We were blown away by the awesome turn out tonight.
The Whangarei community pooled together at this event and raised $1517.37 (see what I did there😉… txt or call 1737 if you ever need help).
If you couldn’t make it along but want to support, head over to:

Those who registered their numbers were counted and we had over 400 attendees who were chomping at the bit to get going, which made for less congestion along the track.
This included people of all ages and 9 Dogs!

Thank you to all those who supported us with the event.
More FM Northland 91.6 who were going to give us some music, but due to some technical malfunctions were unable to do so.
Thank you Toast for guarding the Donations while we walked the loop.
The Dump Truck for turning up and giving people a place to remember and pay respects.
NZ Safety Blackwoods for letting us use one of your Piggie-Boots to collect the donations.
Hot Printz Screen Printing Whangarei for donating two of your #IAMHOPE #gumbootupnz shirts to use as spot prizes.

Thank you very much for supporting us to support our young New Zeanders.

Let us bring more awareness and support so those who need it. Together we CAN make a difference.

Link to the 2020 Gumboot Loop on Gumboot Friday:

Seaweek Ngunguru Snell Point mangroves 9th March 2019

28 E.N.F.O.R.C.E.E.R.s got stuck into the bush down the side of Snell Point mangroves at the entry to Ngunguru. Searching for trash within the mangroves, around the hall, along road sides, and along the beach.

Within the rubbish collected today we found 2 deck chairs, a stroller, teapot, blue glass bottle, 1 gallon bottle, a pile of wood, 3 tyres, pipes, an old road cone, nerf bullets, plenty of tennis balls, a large battery, bicycle helmet and even a toilet arrow sign!
We collected a combined rubbish and recycling of 340Kg today!
Thank you to all those who came to support our efforts to clean up our home.

Mackesy Road Sunday 10th February 2019

Today a group of E.N.F.O.R.C.E.E.R.s got stuck into the bush down the side of Mackesy Road. Searching for trash within the bush area below, along road sides, and along the beach.

A brief shower prior to the clean up dispersed quickly before we all good stuck in.
Another warm day today with a lot of hill climbing! Gratefully the was plenty of bush to keep the team shaded.
Great to see 36 awesome volunteers today!
Including some of our sponsors from Onerahi New World

Another location similar to our last with rubbish within the trees. So while branches held us back, they also helped as we scaled the hillside, which slopes were around 50° in parts if not more, with the rain making it a tad slippery.

Within the rubbish collected today we found around 16 tires, 2 pig skulls, a small China dog, 3 vials of used Needles, a letterbox for No.36, engine parts, an extension cord coil, marina pole mooring floats, a bag of paint chips, disposed papers and pamphlets from 2 years ago, and old packaging from well known brands.

With the amount we collected once again we needed more than one truck, so thank you to Wade for bringing your trailer to cart away the recycling.

We collected over 660kg of trash and 160Kg of separated recycling. So 820Kg today!


Thank you to all those who came to support our efforts to clean up our home.

Onerahi Lookout Saturday 19th January 2019

34 E.N.F.O.R.C.E.E.R.s got stuck into the Onerahi Lookout. Searching for trash within the bush area below, along road sides, and along the beach and collecting literally a TON of rubbish!

What a great start to the year!
A beautifully warm 28°C day with people coming from near and far.
Fortunately a huge portion of the rubbish was within the trees so we had some shade while we got stuck in, but it was a blessing and a curse while branches held us back as we tried to escape, but also helping as we scaled the hillside, which slopes were around 50° in parts if not more.

One local, Wade, came prepared! He brought with him a few buckets and even a harness and ropes to hold himself on the bank! Way to go!

Among some of the usual trash were collected we found a few interesting finds.
5 tyres, 4 TVs, an old rusty lawnmower, a huge jar of safety glass, a huge amount of a car body metal, an old car seat, old bottles and can’s, 2 computers, a keyboard, underwear, soft toys and dolls, scanner, 3 hot water cylinders (without insides), old rubbish bins, beach umbrella, and 3 bags of oyster and (undersized) Paua shells that easily could have gone back on the beach to be able to go back into the ecosystem.

We weighed the rubbish at 1040KG! and 100Kg of separated recycling.

Thank you to all those who came to support our efforts to clean up our home.

Thank you to Onerahi Coast Line Action Group (OCLAG) for clearing the weeds below and exposing more of what we knew was there. They also have planted up most of the hillside we were working as well.

Waipu Walkabout Sunday 16th December 2018

A group of 22 E.N.F.O.R.C.E.E.R.s got stuck into the hidden areas, parks and road in Waipu.

A beautiful day with people coming from all over. We had people coming from Whangarei, Waipu and even Auckland to help today.
Supporting Waipu Evolution we were enlisted to get a local clean up started.

22 volunteers collected 80kg of rubbish and recycling today. Most hidden from view in tucked away corners. 13 bags plus recycling.
We lost a pair of sunglasses and found a different pair and even a packet of chips from 2003.
It’s not the biggest amount, but it’s still great to get it out of the environment and a good cleanup before the soon to be held, highland games held in Waipu each year.

Tauroa Street Bush Clean up 10th November 2018

35 fantastic volunteers got stuck in filling a skip bin with over a tonne of rubbish in 1 hour! They didn’t stop there continuing to remove all sorts of waste from the bush area and stream as well as the road sides. Another 320kg was removed by NorthlandWaste and a truck load by F.O.R.C.E. taking the total removed from the environment to an amazing 2 tonne!

This is an area we have been meaning to get to for a while having heard stories about the amount of household rubbish dumped here. You can see our post about what the area looked like before here.


It was a beautiful day with people coming from all over the world. We had neighbors coming over to support, we had other locals and even had 4 ladies from Sweden visiting NZ come along and help out.


We managed to remove most of the 60+ bags we found, as well as so much more along the bush area…

TV’s, computers, beds, bunks, mattresses, rubber ducky, bumpers, tyres, 2 swimming pools, a pump, 2 driers, baby buggies, exercise equipment, bbq, bicycles, plenty of car parts, golf balls, microwaves, couches, chairs, soft toys, clothesline, car springs, toy gun, and more!

One of the volunteers also took away a seat that was found to upcycle and reuse. 👍

We once again “built a car” around the skip bin because we found so much. Even a trailer down the road!


Onerahi Beach Clean Up 7th October 2018

This month 35 returning and new E.N.F.O.R.C.E.E.R.s (Enthusiastic, Neighbor, For, Our, Real, Clean, Environment, Eradicating, Rubbish) removed 380 kg of rubbish and recycling from the end of Pah Road, the beach and the tidal island known locally as Barge Island.

Maneuvering through mangroves, digging themselves out of the mud, combing the beach and out towards the small Mangrove Island in the middle the low tide area.
Amazingly the tyres just kept on coming and coming! Resulting in collecting 12 tyres over the whole event. Approximately 30 bags and even a trash can were also removed.

We found many curiosities this time.
Someone found a Buzz Lightyear action figure, a BBQ plate, a pocket knife, a spade lost in the middle of the mud, a set of overalls that had been filled with rubbish (by a fellow geocacher who cleaned up a day early), as well as the most peculiar find: a Zunibal Buoy which is a satellite tracking and monitoring buoy for sustainable tuna fishing!

Thank you to all our sponsors for their ongoing support.

Whangarei District Council, Recreational Services,  More FM Northland 91.6,  New World Onerahi, Hell Pizza, Mitre 10 Mega Whangarei, Keep New Zealand Beautiful, Hunting & Fishing New Zealand Whangarei

And thanks to  Sea Cleaners local team member Tracey Morris and her daughter for collecting items on the way and getting stuck in with us.

Otangarei Clean Up and Commemorative Planting 15th September 2018

As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week the Love Whangārei Monthly Clean Up took place at Denby Reserve/Fishbone Park Otangarei. 80 fantastic supporters from the Whangārei community helped clean up and beautify our environment by pitching in to remove 600 kg of rubbish and plant 700 plants.

These plants will create a living tribute to those who have served and continue to serve New Zealand in the Defense Force.

This event was a collaboration between For Our Real Clean Environment (F.O.R.C.E.), Whangārei District Council, Tu Rākau through their Matariki Tu Rākau commemorative community tree planting programme. With support from Whangārei RSA, Whitebait Connection, Keep New Zealand Beautiful and many other supporters. You can read more about this fantastic event here.