Desecration of the land below our regional landmark, Te Mata Peak, is hard to stomach.
Te Mata Peak is Hawke's Bay.
I well remember visiting the Bay some years back on a work assignment and telling the people I was meeting that I had only limited time as I had to get to a second engagement.
What I didn't tell them was that the second engagement was simply to drive to the top of Te Mata Peak with a mate and stand with our faces in the wind and go "Wow".
Was there a valley load of rubbish below us that day? I don't think so. But, then, the wind was howling mightily and I wasn't game enough to stick my neck out too far.
Te Mata Peak is the place that towers over the Bay; our grand sentinel. Who wants to look at a rubbish dump at its base? Who would throw the rubbish there in the first place?
And, as Caitlin Nobes reports today, we are not talking about scraps of paper or lunchwrap that can be easily cleaned away.
This is 10 tonnes or more of heavy duty refuse including wheelie bins, tyres, road cones and a washing machine.
People are putting in some effort to make this unholy mess, carting unwanted garbage to the top of the Peak and tipping it over to tumble to the private land below.
Hawke's Bay residents are not going to take kindly to this sort of thing and I would not like to be in the shoes of anyone caught in the act of tipping refuse over the Peak.
The rubbish looks like the results of the actions of the easily amused and the antisocial who are too mean to pay to dump their refuse.
Either way, it's a disgrace.
If you'd like to support the special effort being made to clean up this mess on November 13, email firstname.lastname@example.org