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Howick dog trainers Paula and Jo Thorne have formed a dog club which recently turned a regu- lar club walking day into a beach clean-up. Between the northern end of Eastern Beach and Musick Point, they ended up with four black sacks of garbage. Realising how much rubbish is lying around, they’ve decided to make rubbish clean-ups a regular part of their organised walks, and Paula is asking why the initiative could not become a national pas- time for dog walkers. “As dog walkers have to take poo bags with them, why not take an extra bag and pick up a few bits of rubbish along the way? What a great way to keep our local parks and beaches clean,” she says. The sisters formed the club when, after dog training pro- grammes were over, people asked “what’s next?” About 30 people have joined and members go on walks every six weeks at locations throughout the Auckland region. “When Jo and I took our dogs for a walk at Eastern Beach, we realised how much rubbish was lying around and started picking it up. At the end of the walk we had two enormous bags full. “So we decided to do a beach clean-up on the next club walk. We’re a small group and everyone is out walking. “We have to take a bag for poo, so why not take an extra bag for rubbish? Everyone thought it was a great idea.” One walker, 11-year-old Joshua Keighley, says: “We flled four rub- bish bags and found a whole lot of roof tiles.” Paula says there were lots of broken bottles, “obviously kids go there to drink”. “The worst thing was the twisted plastic bags and fshing lines. Even an old fshfnder washed in from someone’s boat. We give full credit to the children who carried it over the rocks.” However, there is a downside for the dogs, Paula says. “One was recently walked on the beach and after two-and-a- half hours surgery and hundreds of dollars, seven hooks and sinkers were removed from its stomach. It can be really dangerous. “Wouldn’t it be great if a cam- paign for dog walkers to pick up rubbish could be nationwide,” she says. “It makes sense when they’re out walking anyway and it’s a good civic thing to do. Everyone felt really good after our walk. “The kids are setting a good example. We ended up taking a lot of time picking up rubbish, because there was so much there and we didn’t fnish the loop walk.” The idea, Paula says, is to cover the whole peninsula. “Next time we’ll do the Buck- lands Beach-Musick Point side. “We’d love more people to be involved. They only need to pick up one small piece, such as a bottle top and they’re helping and then they might fnd more.” More information is online at www.dfordog.co.nz. ON THE MARCH: Walking their pets and picking up rubbish are, from left, Amy Keighley and Ella, Judy Howes and Peppa, Joshua Keighley and Alfie, and Paula Thorne with Pippi and Jack. Times photo Wayne Martin Canine walkers clean-up MP responds to protesting gas workers By DAVID MCPHERSON BOTANY MP Jami-Lee Ross has hit back after First Union members picketed his electorate offce last Tuesday. “While I respect the right of the union to protest, I believe some of its claims are alarmist and extreme,” says Mr Ross. About 45 striking Rockgas drivers and unionists demonstrated outside Mr Ross’ Botany Road offce, protesting his Private Member’s Bill that’s before Parliament after being drawn from the ballot. First Union organiser Jared Abbott says the present Employment Relations Act is weak and employers get around it anyway. “The new law will make it that much more diffcult for workers to take indus- trial action,” he claims. “This Bill would mean employers could offer very low wages, knowing that if workers took industrial action in sup- port of a pay claim, other workers could simply be brought in more easily than is currently the case.” Mr Ross says his Bill would not remove employees’ rights to take industrial action, but it will allow businesses to enlist temporary workers during such times. “It’s a case of rebalancing employment law in this country,” says Mr Ross. “The ban on using temporary work- ers has been in place for only the past 12 years, and this would allow businesses to continue to operate. “However, I think it would only be used in the event of a long and drawn-out strike. Even then, using temporary work- ers would not be an easy option.” Mr Ross believes issues such as the expense and training of temporary staff would make it a diffcult exercise. His Bill has been introduced to the House, but is a long way from potentially becoming law.
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