Over 100,000 people have signed a petition to ban single-use plastic bottles.
The petition was handed over yesterday on the steps of Parliament.
As part of the handing over ceremony, activists created a larger-than-life sculpture of a toroa bird. Its ten-metre steel-frame wing was filled with discarded plastic bottles.
Greenpeace worker Juressa Lee said the sculpture – nicknamed Birdy – was created by artist Michael Simpson as a tribute to a real albatross, which was found struggling in the surf by a family at a Napier beach.
The toroa’s death inspired Greenpeace’s campaign to ban single-use plastic bottles, culminating in the petition presented to Parliament.
New Zealanders discarded more than a billion plastic bottles every year.