Paddleboarder 'disgusted' by Kiwis throwing their rubbish into the ocean

“Kiwis aren’t doing their bit to keep New Zealand beautiful”.

That’s the opinion of amateur paddle boarder Billy Lewis.

He took to Facebook to express his disgust at how polluted New Zealand’s oceans are, after completely filling a tote bag and two buckets with trash in just one hour.

While it was just a typical day on the water, he quickly came across discarded condoms, straws, chip packets and bottles.

He told 1 NEWS that New Zealand is not living up to its clean green image.

He said the issue is definitely a lot bigger than people think, and it’s going to take a lot more “firepower” to clean up New Zealand’s oceans.

It has become routine for him and his family to take out bags when on the water,  aiming to recover as much rubbish as possible.

“I just don’t see the sense in chucking rubbish out of the window” he said.

It’s estimated that more than 12 million tons of plastic enter oceans annually, and New Zealand has been named the 10th most wasteful country in the developed world.

Paddleboarder Billy Lewis says Kiwis need to step their game up when it comes to throwing rubbish into the ocean.
Paddleboarder Billy Lewis says Kiwis need to step their game up when it comes to throwing rubbish into the ocean. Source: Supplied

Soup kitchen head 'disappointed' that tourists took advantage of good will

The manager of the Wellington soup kitchen which has been thrown into the spotlight after two tourists ate there as part of their attempt to travel New Zealand without spending moneysays it's disappointing when people take advantage of their work.

Sisters of Compassion manager Karen Holland says their kaupapa (policy) is that everybody is welcome, with no questions asked.

"We have the hope that people will respect that Kaupapa but at the same time, we don't check in," Ms Holland said.

Although she says it's disappointing when they discover that people have been taking advantage of their services, they can't lose focus on doing the best they can to treat everybody with dignity and respect, regardless of their circumstances. 

"It says more about them than us," Ms Holland said.

Anna Karg from Germany and Australian partner Enoch Orious left Auckland two weeks ago to travel around the country and are yet to spend any money, according to Stuff.

Instead the pair, both aged 25, are dumpster diving, trading with others, relying on charity, working for free accommodation and visiting soup kitchens to get their way around.

The couple have faced a lot of backlash since their actions became public and in a final statement, said not to blame them- but the "system." 

Karen Holland says they hope people respect their kaupapa to welcome all with no questions asked. Source: 1 NEWS


Woman dies from injuries after vehicle crashes into tree in Waikato

A woman critically injured after her vehicle crashed into a tree in Waikato yesterday, has died overnight.

The 34-year-old driver was flown to Waikato Hospital after the crash took place about 2pm yesterday on Tauhei Road, north of Hamilton.

Police say the woman's husband sustained minor injuries in the crash, while the driver died about midnight.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

Police Source: 1 NEWS