On Sunday 11 March, volunteers and their families have been invited along to a fun afternoon at Main Mount beach with live bands and a sausage sizzle.
The event is supported by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ), Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Tourism Bay of Plenty and Tauranga City Council.
MNZ National On Scene Commander Mick Courtnell said that the event was an opportunity to acknowledge the huge effort from volunteers who played a significant role in cleaning up our beaches.
"We just couldn't have done it without them; these volunteers got stuck in and did some of the toughest, dirtiest work.
"The response from the local community was overwhelming. We saw many people come back time and again, despite the fact the work involving painstaking sifting of oily sand on hands and knees - and then returning the next day to do it all again," he said.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Senior Land Management Officer and Rena Beach Volunteer Coordinator Pim de Monchy said that the response to volunteer requests was phenomenal and it is a great example of how much we cherish the Bay of Plenty coastline.
"Everyone just wanted to help get our beaches right again, we had 90 people at our first beach clean at Omanu and volunteers were registering on the website at an average of four per minute over the first few days."
The whole Bay of Plenty community from Waihi beach to Whangaparaoa beach have been involved with clean ups as well as many people travelling from out of town to help.
Mr Courtnell said that while clean-up efforts continued, it was unlikely another large scale volunteer effort would be required, so it was a good time to thank all those who took part.
"We also want to acknowledge all those people who may not have been on the beach collecting oil, but in their own way they have supported the efforts. From catering to childcare, we encourage everyone to come down who has played their part in making the volunteer beach clean-up a success," he said.
Bring a picnic dinner and park up and enjoy the entertainment from local bands; Hurricane Tilly, Nine Mile Stone, and the Aaron Saxon band.
When: 4-7pm, 11 March 2012 (Sunday)
Where: Mount Main Beach, opposite Commons Ave at the lookout
Who: All volunteers and their families
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