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 across 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 more than 70 waterway restoration projects across Aotearoa, fundraising over $2 million. This is enabling more than 74,000 metres of waterways to be replanted, with over half a million plants and trees.

Check out our counter to see how many metres have been funded so far! 

Metres Funded

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.

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How It Works

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. 

Community Groups
Healthy Waterways

Kiwi businesses doing their bit!

Our partners work with us to invest in local projects, provide in-kind support and promotions, and get their staff involved. We offer comprehensive support and marketing packages, so you get the most out of what you put in. Contact us to find out more! 

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