The Ōtara Waterways and Lake Trust took its mission to restore the mauri of Ōtara’s waterways to the streets with the launch of its Neat Streets programme on Saturday 10 June 2017.

The Neat Streets programme aims to get whole neighbourhoods to be proactive against illegal dumping by recycling or repairing unwanted or broken items rather than throwing them away.

The Trust kicked off the programme, which is supported with funding from the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board, with 160 homes in the area of Antrim Crescent, Ōtara with a ‘sort it and repair it’ day. 

Over the past two months special workshops and events have been run in the Neat Streets neighbourhood to help residents reduce their household waste and tidy up their streets and creek. 

Neat Streets is also an opportunity for neighbours to get to know each other and through the project, it is hoped to generate a greater sense of community pride.  

Throughout the day people are asked to  ‘sort’ unwanted inorganic items for their homes and properties to be disposed of with volunteers on hand to help identify which bin these items should be disposed into.