Auckland Council is the territorial authority for the region bounded by Wellsford in the north and Tuakau in the south, and including the Hauraki Gulf islands. An important aim for the Council is to make Auckland one of the world’s most liveable cities, as it will be beneficial to Auckland’s communities, and also its natural capital. Through conservation activities including land and water conservation and restoration of biodiversity, Auckland’s communities will benefit from improved water quality, both in its waterways and in its three harbours that waterways flow into – the Waitemata, Manukau and Kaipara. Auckland Council is delighted to be working with the Million Metres Streams project and will bring both urban and rural stream restoration projects from a number of catchments.
The Landscape Connections Trust is working with the communities of East Otago to implement the Beyond Orokonui project. The Beyond Orokonui project arose from a collective desire to help enhance the ecological functionality of this distinctive landscape, and to see rich and flourishing biodiversity extend from the Orokonui ecosanctuary into the wider 55,000 hectare human-inhabited landscape. Importantly, there is a desire to better connect livelihoods with environmental improvement, to assist in creating change that can benefit people in multiple ways. A strategy for this area has been developed, recognising that as well as protecting and managing specific high value biodiversity areas other actions are required to ensure broader ecosystem functionality and integrity across the project area. Our high-level goals are to: Sustain livelihoods; Connect people to the natural environment; protect native plants and animals; and enhance ecosystem health. Enhancing freshwater, and the freshwater fish habitat, is a focus of this project.
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s vision is ‘Thriving together - mō te taiao, mō ngā tāngata (for the environment, for the people)’. We manage use of the region’s land, air and water. Our aim is to secure healthy natural environments that support people’s work, life and play; now and in the future. Regional Council cares deeply for water and invests more than $24 million each year into maintaining and improving the region’s water resources. That includes providing practical advice and funding support to landowners and community groups. We love working well with others to deliver action on the ground that protects waterways, reduces soil erosion, improves wildlife habitat and controls pests. Find out more at www.boprc.govt.nz/landmanagement
Environment Canterbury is the regional council working with the people of Canterbury to manage the region's air, water and land. We are committed to the sustainable management of our environment while promoting the region's economic, social and cultural well-being.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is the regional authority with responsibility for natural resource management from Mahia in the north to Porangahau in the south, and to the western ranges. HBRC supports a large number of catchment enhancement projects to improve water quality and habitats, where we are working with landowners and the community. These include the priority catchments in the Tukituki, numerous catchment enhancement projects across Hawke’s Bay, and four Regional Parks which the community enjoy. HBRC is also a major partner in the 5 year Cape to City project, located between Cape Kidnappers and the Tukituki Valley, which is targeting pests and enhancing land/stream quality and habitats.
QEII National Trust is an independent statutory organisation. It was set up in 1977 to "encourage and promote, for the benefit of New Zealand, the provision, protection, preservation and enhancement of open space." Open Space (as described in the QEII National Trust Act 1977) means any area of land or body of water that serves to preserve or to facilitate the preservation of any landscape of aesthetic, cultural, recreational, scenic, scientific or social interest or value. The Trust’s core activity is to secure long-term protection of natural and cultural features on private land, usually by the legal mechanism of an open space covenant. The National Trust works in partnership with landowners to protect significant natural and cultural features on their land with open space covenants. The National Trust is delighted to be partnering with the Sustainable Business Network as one of their Field Partners in the Million Metres Streams Project and see this as an opportunity to assist landowners in their restoration goals by adding value to protected riparian blocks around the country.
Sustainable Coastlines is a charitable trust set up in 2009 to motivate people to look after their coastlines. The charity has won both local and international recognition for their large-scale coastal clean-up events, educational programs, public awareness campaigns and riparian planting projects. Since its inception Sustainable Coastlines has removed over 1 million litres of rubbish from New Zealand’s coastlines with the help of close to 40,000 participants. They have reached over 100,000 individuals with educational presentations that have proven to change behaviour positively. Their core focus is on capacity building - training people across Aotearoa and the Pacific in public speaking and event management and are focussing these efforts on water quality with the launch of its Love Your Water toolkit this year. In 2013 Co Founder Sam Judd was named young New Zealander of the Year for his efforts and the trust picked up the Supreme Green Ribbon Award from the Ministry for the Environment.
Te Whangai is a charitable trust established in 2007 by Gary and Adrienne Dalton. The Social enterprise was set up to provide employment training for long-term unemployed and at-risk youth at their native plant nursery in Miranda. The trust helps WINZ and Corrections clients from local communities to make the transition to permanent work or education by reconnecting them to the environment. Te Whangai employees are taught basic work, social and life skills in a safe, warm and encouraging environment while learning the horticulture and nursery operation. The native trees grown are sold to a variety organisations and individuals carrying out replanting and restoration. Te Whangai also provides planting plans and labour to assist with replanting. Te Whangai won the NZI National Sustainable Awards 2012 Social Innovation Award and are supported by Tindall Foundation funding.
The Whau River Catchment Trust is pleased to partner with Million Metres to enable another way for the local community to become involved with the ecological restoration and conservation of their neighbouring waterways. The Whau River Catchment Trust (WRCT) is a charitable entity based in New Lynn, Auckland and was established in 2012 growing out of the Friends of the Whau (FOW), which was established in the year 2000, overall the organisation has been operating for over 15 years. The WRCT is the principal environmental umbrella organisation for the Whau River Catchment and delivers a wide range of community-based environmental projects, principally in collaboration with the Auckland Council and other key stakeholders within the catchment, and includes programmes and projects in the areas of environmental education, ecological restoration and conservation. The WRCT now looks after the governance and management of projects while FOW takes care of the needs of FOW supporters and volunteers. One of our key purposes is to maintain, enhance, protect, restore, monitor and nurture the natural ecology and its environment, the support of re-vegetation and conservation projects with particular emphasis on the Whau River, its tributaries, margins and catchment areas; The WRCT and FOW are working together for healthier streams and river through community participation and kaitiakitanga.
Started in 2000 and based in the Waitakeres, Thomas Civil & Environmental Consultants Ltd (TCEC Ltd) is a multidisciplinary consultancy providing a range of civil, environmental, property, and GIS services for infrastructure management and projects, including providing ecological advice and environmental services for the award-winning stream restoration project Project Twin Streams. TCECs mission is to contribute to our community, region and internationally through projects that enhance the built and natural environment, considering social responsibility and economic benefit. Following on from Project Twin Stream TCEC have continued to be involved with and initiate stream restoration projects to work alongside landowners and residents in suburban and lifestyle areas to provide user friendly advice on riparian restoration and help them achieve restoration goals. TCEC see the partnership with Million Metres as a positive way of supporting community goals for ecological restoration be realised.
By engaging schools, local bodies, community groups and landowners TfS is committed to Replanting New Zealand with the objective of protecting the environment. The objective of the TfS Charitable Trust is the education of children on the importance of caring for the environment – a goal achieved through hands on propagation and planting of trees on at risk land. Founded in 1991, TfS has now planted well over 1,000,000 trees and currently works with over 165 schools which plant an average of 70,000 seedlings annually with the help of over 5,000 students. TfS believes strongly in working with like-minded organisations to ensure successful environmental outcomes through co-operation and the integration of effort. With the support of business and community sponsorship, schools are provided with the equipment, seeds and educational material to propagate native plants and trees. The seedlings are planted by the students with the help of parents, community groups and volunteers on at risk land.
Wellington City Council is committed to developing Wellington as an eco-city and this involves a proactive response to environmental challenges. This goal recognises the importance of Wellington taking an environmental leadership role as the capital city of clean and green New Zealand. Wellington's many natural assets endow the city with a framework for well-connected and functional terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. WCC owns and manages more than 300 parks and reserves, which together comprise over 4000 hectares of open space. Wellington supports more than 100 community groups to restore and protect open space across the city. Urban streams have been heavily impacted by historical development and opportunities to restore them are seen as a priority. Wellington City Council sees the Million Metres Streams partnership as aligning very well with its eco-city vision and particularly will help achieve the Two Million Trees Project.
The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group (WCMGI) is a collaborative approach to address community concerns over the potential effects of the then proposed wastewater treatment system. The group identified a shared desire to create better management to protect and enhance the natural, physical, cultural and spiritual resources of the catchment as a whole, returning the Whangawehi Awa to its most pristine condition flowing into the Mahinga Kai for future generations.