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Clean and green country? Rubbish!
Wasted efforts: Dorothee Otto is sick of seeing people littering the streets of Papakura.
Photo: HINERANGI VAIMOSO
By HINERANGI VAIMOS
German Dorothee Otto moved to
New Zealand because of its clean,
green image but now she reckons
that s a load of rubbish.
She s on a mission to fight litter
after an incident she describes as
the last straw and she s hoping
others in Papakura will help her.
She had trash thrown at her after
picking up litter she thought a child
had accidentally dropped out of a
car window in the town centre.
The boy s mother didn t respond
favourably to Miss Otto s attempts
to return the rubbish and sped off in
I know this is very small-scale
offending but it only gets bigger
from there. If parents are letting
their children litter like this at that
age it will never stop, Miss Otto
It makes me furious to see that
blatant disregard and I just won t
stand for it. We shouldn t have to.
Now living in Karaka after mov-
ing from Germany eight years ago,
Miss Otto says she moved to New
Zealand for the lifestyle and, of
course, the clean natural environ-
It s true, this is a wonderful
country with wonderful people. But
some people won t take respons-
ibility and do their bit -- they re
ruining it for everyone else, she
I come from a country in Europe
with 82 million people -- in a
country around the same size as
New Zealand -- and if we left around
as much rubbish as people do in
New Zealand, it would be disgust-
Yes it s cleaner and greener but
that s because there aren t many
And while the boy s rubbish
might be minor now, it could one
day be a glass bottle he throws out
the window, she says.
It s common to see rubbish lying
on the motorway ramps on the way
in and out of Papakura.
What kind of way is that to wel-
come people into our area? I m fed
up with it.
She can often be seen stopping on
the side of the road for a quick litter
People can t blame the littering
on the lack of bins because public
bins can be found in most carparks,
I ve seen young adults sitting in
their car outside some takeaway
place just chucking their rubbish
out of the car -- even when there s a
bin not two metres away from the
They re just lazy and they need
to be pulled up on it.
While police are too busy to
handle the issue and local councils
do what they can, Miss Otto says
she hopes more parents and schools
will help get the message across
from a young age.
It s just about awareness and
education. Teaching kids from a
young age and enforcing it with
your own kids will help so much.
She knows she s not the only one
fed up with litter bugs and plans to
start a voluntary clean-up group.
It s a community problem we all
need to help stamp out.
nz if you re interested in helping.
YOU CAN HELP
Auckland Council works hard to
make sure Papakura is free of
manager John Dragicevich says
litter bins are emptied daily --
except for those on reserves
which are cleaned out only on
Fridays and Mondays.
Rubbish trouble spots
around the township are
monitored daily and the day
after rubbish and recycling
collections have been done the
litter truck will clear any leftover
rubbish if needed.
Illegal dumping is a problem
the council can fight against
with the public's help, he says.
As well as household rubbish
some illegal dumping cases
have involved business waste.
There have also been
examples of green waste and
building waste being dumped
The public is encouraged to
advise the council of number
plates or any other information
that might help in their
investigations into dumping.
''A range of rubbish and
recycling services and facilities
are provided by the council to
ensure the needs of residents
and businesses are met.
''We take illegal dumping
seriously and are focused on
reducing it because it raises
significant concerns about
public health and safety,
property values and quality of
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