On Friday I wore my new gumboots to help fundraise for youth mental health. Today I wore them as part of a community effort to clean up Point View Drive.
This area isn't technically a reserve but is a well known lookout across East Auckland. Unfortunately some people use it as a dump site for bottles, rubbish and worse. So Howick Local Board member Mike Turinsky organised the community to clean up. Awesome to have so many people helping and we removed a lot of rubbish. Disappointed that it was necessary.
Residents have been reporting these issues for some time without much success. I know Mike has been working to do what he can. Now we’ve dealt with the symptoms, he's working hard to resolve some of the systemic causes, hopefully with the broad public support we saw today he can get some traction.