Million Metres is New Zealand’s only dedicated programme for connecting local waterway restoration projects with large scale funding and resources. Million Metres is an initiative of the Sustainable Business Network.
We’ve set out on a mission to restore at least one million metres of waterways in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Our purpose is to connect and resource people to accelerate quality waterway restoration, with the long term dream of seeing the people of Aotearoa united to restore the mauri (life force) of their precious waterways.
So far we’ve supported 55 waterway restoration projects across Aotearoa, fundraising over 1.5 million NZD. That’s enabling 57,000 metres of waterways to be replanted, with over half a million plants and trees.
44% of New Zealand's monitored lakes are so polluted virtually nothing can survive in them.
62% of New Zealand's lowland rivers are so polluted with pathogens we can't safely swim in them.
74% of New Zealand's freshwater fish species are now classified as ‘threatened’.
All freshwater scientists agree that riparian planting is vital to the health of our freshwater ecosystems. Plants filter toxic runoff, prevent sediment washing into water, and cool the water by shading it, so aquatic creatures can survive.Find Out More
Select from great Million Metres projects all over New Zealand. Fund the project to plant some metres of native plants and trees on your behalf next winter. We’ll keep you updated on progress and on projects you can visit and volunteer on in your local area.