Mother of All Clean Ups

What could be a better preparation for Mother’s Day than a huge clean-up?

So it is for the river.  That means on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, we all get together to clean up along the banks of the river and the estuary.

In 2025, the Mother of all Clean Ups is on…

Saturday, 10 May

10.00 – 12.00noon

Want to help ?

If you are not already part of a group clearing up in your local area and you wish to help clean up Christchurch’s waterways from carelessly discarded rubbish, below are three ways you can join in...


EITHER join in with Forest and Bird North Canterbury who are organising a clean up along the lower reaches of the river.

Meet at the car park off Ferrymead Park Drive (just before the entrance to the Golf Club) at 9.30am. Follow the signposts from Bridle Path Road, Ferrymead. No need to book, just be there.

Please wear sturdy footwear or gumboots and bring garden gloves.

Any queries, contact Joy Talbot

Moac Site 13 May 2023
Meeting for wider interactive map

OR just turn up to the New Brighton Library at 9.30am on Saturday 10 May to help clean up the New Brighton Beach with the Sustainable Coastlines NZ group.

OR Just turn up to Lyttelton – Naval Point and join a Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbours group at 10.00am

Click icon to go to the Facebook page of the Mother of All Clean Ups


Data from previous Mother-of-All-Clean-Ups

It is difficult to gather data about the litter collected without labour-intensive sorting but we have collected some numbers that can be used to show how things are going from year to year.

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