Thank you to all our sponsors for this event: Plimmerton Volunteer Fire Brigade and Big Mac Slabs
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Taupo Crescent gets a major spruce up during the Big Spring Clean 2015
TaupoCrescent2Nov2015DSCN2313 Wendy Lyons and Russell Jones stay sun-smart while sprucing up one of
the walkways on Taupo Crescent.
TaupoCrescentLastDSCN2318 Taupo Crescent residents Brendon Fyfe-Gits, Glenn Croasdale and Jeramy
Kenworthy having fun on the job.


Plimmerton's Big Spring Clean 2015 generates a huge haul
This year the spring clean, held on Sunday 29 November, focussed on specific zones. Taupo Crescent was one of the target areas with two sets of steps needing a total over haul to ready the area for a seat to be installed soon.
Robin Jones, Taupo Crescent Street co-ordinator, says, "Twenty two volunteers were working on Sunday, a great effort from a street with only 44 households! Both sets of steps now have freshly painted handrails and overhanging greenery has been trimmed back to make the steps safer, especially between Taupo Crescent and Pope Street. Earlier the steps had been water blasted so now it's all looking ship shape. Plimmerton Residents' Association will soon be installing a seat at the top of the street where residents and pedestrians will be able to relax and enjoy the views."
Colin Bleasdale, chair of the association says, "Many bags of garbage and weeds were collected up from along the streets and around the shoreline. We thank everyone who volunteered. We also thank Plimmerton Fire Brigade who delivered our volunteers around the shoreline and our hosts Big Mac Slabs who turned on a spendid barbecue for the workers."
Organiser of the event, David Verrinder, says, "A major effort was made to clean up along the Ara Harakeke walkway from Plimmerton to Mana and along the rail fence from the new Mana railway station north for several hundred metres. This area had not been touched for many years and was a real eye sore. Weeds were tall and thick and filled with wind-blown rubbish."
Plimmerton residents, many of them gold card-holders, attached the area with weed eaters. The following day council staff removed a very heavily laden truck with the debris and cleaned up the area.
David says, "I keep supplies of bags and gloves for people who want to organise their clean ups in their own streets or area. We focussed on a few key areas this year but there is always room for others to contribute in their own time and way. For example, the stream in Plimmerton Domain could do with some attention and blackberry removal. The Ara Harakeke walkway north to Pukerua Bay and Ulric Street could also do with some tlc. We have a church youth group keen to do a pre-Christmas clean and six weeks ago a beach clean-up was organised by a Facebook group. People keen to do a local clean-up can organise supplies from me at"


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The Plimmerton Big Spring Clean Sunday 10 November 2013, 9.30am

A family event to get our village and beaches in top form for summer.

Muster at Big Mac Slabs (through the domain near Palmers) at 9.30am to be allocated ‘your’ area and gear. This year the fire brigade are chauffeuring groups to the farthest points so you can work your way back.  Free sausage sizzle for workers at 12.30 with prize draw. Great exercise and bonding for the whole family and community. 

Contact Dave Anderson if you bring a mower or weed eater

Gloves, bags and tools supplied.  PCC will collect bags from cleaned areas as we go.  Everyone welcome. 




2012 - The Big Clean Photos and text from Whitby Newsbrief, December 2012 pg 20.

Volunteers turned out in force to "blitz" Plimmerton at the big clean up day. Foreshore rubbish pickers, weed slashers and 'digger outers' hit the gardens and weed eater fanatics tackled the extra long grass on berms and banks. Nearly 600 black rubbish bags of weeds and rubbish were collected by Porirua City Council trucks. Steph Smiith from Big Mac Slabs hosted a BBQ for all volunteers, and the weather held, even though dark clouds were gathering overhead.

Colin Bleasdale, seated, gives some helpful pointers to Duncan and Ruth MacLean, while Jenny Brash and Carolyn Williams strategize new ways to keep Plimmerton sparkling n sqeaky clean. Joan Reader, right, Cr Anita Baker and Margaret Bleasdale, of Plimmerton get stuck into some of the weeding on Motuhara Road.


The Big Spring Clean 2012,

Many thanks to all who managed to take part this year.

An unqualified success...........we weeded, rubbish cleared, mowed and cleared and, and, and and,

Great numbers of helpers, estimated that we had about 42 eager workers all up including the following;

Many Plimmerton Residents some who managed to bring along some 8 children as well who all contributed,
Tireless Tim from PCC who gave his Sunday up,
Our Fire Brigands(!!)
The Great Steph and Tony of MacSlabs who cooked and hosted us as ever.......
Jenny Brash as GWRCouncillor,
Tim, Anita as PCCouncillors,
Many from the PRA, 
Bill from PCC for all other arranging of tools etc

  • Most valuable find of the day, one washing line in the Ulrich Street area
  • Most unusual weapon....... A very large kitchen knife – see trade me!!!
  • Most tastiest......Tony’s chef cooked bangers and patties
  • Most valuable assistance from the weather, cool but not wet
  • Best clean up teams........Motuhara Road, Roys Road, Ulrich Street, the entire Waterfront, The “No Exit”(Small road from the school to Moana Road), Plimmerton Domain, Behind the Plimmerton Shops, Main Beach, South Beach Road and to Mana, to Hongoeka Bay, Styne Avenue and other areas that needed it where we did not allocate people to but our helpers saw and did what was needed.
  • Biggest load of the day.....2 huge truck loads removed by Tim of PCC
  • Smelliest of the day found by Tim et al........he’ll tell you abou this one!
  • Most confused of the day..the planners Carolyn and Colin.......where has everyone gone???
  • Lawnmowerist of the day Dave who mowed and mowed and mowed, well done that man.
  • The wizziest of day young Peter who ‘did’ Motuhara lower part.
  • The deafest of the day .....”Motuhara weeders” with Peter next top them!!!
  • Most satisfied of the day all of those who helped and made our wee burg a bit better!!

Best regards
To all with a special thanks to everyone who contributed.

PRA Chair

 Sunday 4 September 2011




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