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Sustainability

As Wakatere enters the fourth season of the club's Sustainability programme, we are more determined to educate, develop, and expand on our initiatives in 2021 and beyond. As a community club, we know we are in a unique position to support change for our beautiful coastal environment.

Sailors for the Sea

Wakatere targets specific regattas by registering with the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas for certification. This is the world's leading sustainability certification for water-based events. It assists us to adopt standards and practices that will mitigate the effects of unsightly and environmentally unsafe refuse and it flows on to general practice at the club by setting a benchmark.

The Sailors for the Sea action points dovetail into our club Strategic Document - to maintain and develop the Club's physical environment and infrastructure and to create a strong sense of club consciousness, diversity, and community.

2021

NZ Waszp National Championship

PLATINUM LEVEL Clean Seas Regatta Certification

2020

NZ RS Feva National Championship

PLATINUM LEVEL Clean Seas Regatta Certification

2019

OK Dinghy World Championship

GOLD LEVEL Clean Seas Regatta Certification

2019

NZ OK Dinghy National Championship

SILVER LEVEL Clean Seas Regatta Certification

2018

Wakatere Junior Regatta

SILVER LEVEL Clean Seas Regatta Certification

Many thanks to the sailors, volunteers, sponsors, and green team for this huge effort.

Sailors for the Sea blog - Wakatere earns Feva Nats Platinum

Wakatere 2021/22 Strategies

Environmental education and awareness programme in our junior coaching
Implement a 'Wakatere Enviro Sailor' award for junior sailors achieving a setlist of sustainability goals
Share Wakatere goals on environmental thinking with our coaches
Encourage our juniors to share ideas they want to implement at the club
Establish an annual Environmental Award for a club member best supporting our sustainability & environmental practices
Install rainwater catchment tanks under our club deck to minimize our water usage
Plan for a future installment of solar panels to reduce our club's electricity consumption
Involve community environmental groups to be part of our efforts
Publicize our Clean Regatta initiatives with members and the community
Continue to remind competitors of the World Sailing RRS 55 covering the Disposal of Trash
Continue to educate club members on the waste stream in place
Continue to improve signage for waste bins to make it easy for members to make the correct choice
Require all food providers to supply produce without plastic where possible
Provide water refilling stations for large scale events
Stop selling plastic bottles in our kitchen/bar
Offer plant-based compostable water bottles
Use compostable kitchen utensils and serve wear at the club


Look out for the 3 bin options at the club. Apart from food scraps, many products are now plant-based (ie coffee cups, cutlery, plates, bowls) and can go in the compostable bin - check the label on every item before you bin it!

Thanks to Goodbye Ouch for natural sun balm

Thanks to For the Better Good for plant-based water bottles

Thanks to Innocent Packaging for compostable serve wear

Thanks to SA Plumbing Supply for water stations



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