Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says for too long, illegal roadside rubbish dumping has blighted the city, harming the environment and burdened ratepayers with the costs of clean-up.

For eco-warrior Kiri Danielle, she believes this isn't a local problem it's a national problem.

“Kua kite au i ēnei mahi ki tēnei rohe ki tērā rohe, ki ngā pāmu, ki ngā tāone. Ahakoa kei hea te nuinga o ēnei momo mahi he mahi ki te wāhi muna.”

Auckland Council's Waste Solutions Leader James Young says they've started to clear away this waterway situated in South Auckland's Papakura.

“We've got our team out at the moment looking at drenching the waterways so we can then obviously get in there and clear the illegal dump items.”

But Manurewa Marae and Community Leader, Rangi McLean says this is because there's now a booking system in place to collect household organic waste.

“Nā te Kaunihera i tāpu i nā kohikohi i ngā rapihi nui i nā wāhanga o ngā hapori. Koirā tētahi anō o ngā rongoā. Me whakahoki mai ērā āhuatanga, mēnā kāre e whakahokia mai ka noho pēnei tonu.”

In February, Auckland Council allocated an extra $200, to crack down on illegal dumping to set up a phone service, provide additional staff, and increase community awareness.

And while work continues to combat instances like these, as the saying goes, 'As man dies the land lives on.'

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