13 Jul 2011

Teenage sailor witnesses Pacific Ocean pollution

6:35 am on 13 July 2011

A Māori teenage sailor says he saw first hand the impact pollution has on the Pacific Ocean during his recent waka voyage.

Tūranga Barclay-Kerr, 17, was part of a waka crew raising international awareness about environmental issues and the threat of pollution on the ocean.

He says as they were paddling out in the middle of the Pacific, the water was littered with things like big plastic buoys, thick towing rope, high heel shoes, and plastic containers.

Tūranga Barclay-Kerr says his waka crew were shocked by the amount of rubbish floating in the ocean even 5000 kilometres from land.