This year Westhaven continues to focus on reducing its environmental footprint and needs your help! We will be adding tips and reminders to our newsletters and will also be updating our website regularly with actions we are taking to become more sustainable.
Sustainable action of the year award
Do you, your crew, or your business go the extra mile to reduce your impact on the environment? The Eke Panuku Marinas ‘Best Sustainable Action of the Year’ award recognises boaties and businesses who are leading by example to protect our coastlines. If you have a great story to share, please submit your entry/nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 March. The winner will receive a beautiful walnut wood trophy and a feature article in the Westhaven Marina newsletter.
Waste management tips and reminders
E-waste is a universally agreed upon term for electrical or electronic equipment that has been or will soon be thrown away. This includes both working and broken items. There are many good reasons to keep this growing waste material out of landfill, but one of the most important reasons is that these items are full of toxic chemicals that leak out from the metal components inside, once in the ground. New Zealand produces about 80,000 tonnes of e-waste a year, yet is reported to recycle a mere 2% of it. This is why your efforts, along with EcoMatters and our e-waste partners, are so important for our taioa (natural environment) and our hapori (community).
EcoMatters provides a drop off point for e-waste to help keep the items our of our waste bins and landfill. There are 2 drop off points in Avondale and New Lynn. For more details on what they take visit the website.
A REMINDER FOR MARINA USERS, please do not dispose of fish waste in the rubbish bins, in the heat of summer this can become very smelly very quickly! Remember we have Kai Ika at Z pier carpark, you can drive around and drop off your unwanted fish frames and waste to them and they will repurpose it! Best of all it is free!
Kai Ika services
In the heat of summer Kai Ika continues distributing fresh seafood to communities in need, supported by more staff and the Z-pier trailer now being open every day of the week (weather depending).
The Kai Ika Project is a collaboration between LegaSea, the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland and Papatūānuku Kōkiri marae distributing fish heads and frames to communities in need around Auckland.
Both commercial and recreational fishers can waste a lot of fresh fish and our main goal is to address the issue of unwanted fish parts from bycatch or filleting by utilising fish to its full potential. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has boosted us to output more fresh seafood than ever before, with unwanted fish parts leftover from filleting donated to grateful communities.
Let them fish update – supporting Tonga through volcano/tsunami recovery
We’re delighted to be supporting Let Them Fish in lending a hand – and fishing rod – to people in need in the Pacific Islands. Have any good diving/fishing gear that you no longer need? Simply drop it off into your local green/blue Let Them Fish collection point. From there, the team will see that the fishing supplies are sent to remote settlements and villages that rely on fishing for survival. Let them fish has sent a load of the previously donated fishing gear up to the Ha'apai islands of Tonga as part of the volcano/tsunami recovery efforts.
Thank you to all the marina users that have donated unused gear. The bins are still available at the top of Z pier ramp, and by the sliding door at the old marina office 137 Westhaven Drive. The Islands still desperately need our support. If you have any old rods, hooks, tackle, diving gear wetsuits, booties, masks, snorkels or fins sitting around collecting dust? Instead of throwing it in the bin, why not donate it to the Let them Fish initiative. (For more information ask our friendly staff).