Caring for our backyards

A beach clean-up from last year’s Sustainable Backyards events.

Envirohub’s Sustainable Backyards will be bringing great events to the Bay this March, with locals encouraged to take time out to consider the impact we have on our planet.

Sustainable Backyards is a long established and inspiring calendar of focused environmental events held throughout the region.

It gets underway with a look how to care for our water with Seaweek - New Zealand’s annual national week about all things ocean.

Events will start on Saturday, March 2, and run throughout the week until Sunday, March 10.

Seaweek is hosted by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education and focuses on learning from the sea.

For more information, visit:

As part of Seaweek, an underwater clean-up of Pilot Bay in Mount Maunganui will get underway on Sunday, March, 3 from 10am-1pm.

For non-divers and children there will also be a beach clean-up along Pilot Bay, run in conjunction with DiveZone, Envirohub and Western Bay Wildlife and sponsored by Waste Management. Register online at: or email: for more information.

There will also be a screening of Human Element at Rialto Cinema from 7pm on March 7 as part of Seaweek.

The visually beautiful but impactful film about humans as the fifth element of nature blends art and drama to deliver a powerful message. Tickets cost $10 each and bookings are essential. For more information visit:, where you can also find news of all Sustainable Backyards events coming up in March.

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