Our supporters

Sponsorship and in-kind donations from our supporters allow the Million Metres Streams Project to keep our running costs at a minimum, and send 85% of the funds donated straight to the field. A huge thanks to the following people and organisations who have helped make Million Metres possible :

Our Sponsors

Alsco is Million Metres Foundation partner, check out the impact of their partnership:

We are deeply grateful to these people who provide the necessary funds to keep Million Metres running :

Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand)


Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) is the Government’s principal forestry advisor tasked with promoting and growing New Zealand’s forestry sector and ensuring its ongoing sustainability.

Our focus is on planting and management of indigenous and exotic forests, the Emissions Trading Scheme and forestry grants, including the One Billion Trees Programme.

This work is supporting regional economic growth, industry resilience, opportunities for Maori land development, increased biodiversity and practical and policy solutions to climate change.


Foundation North

With a vision to enhance the lives of all of the people of our region, Foundation North holds in trust for the communities of Auckland and Northland an endowment, or pūtea, of over a billion dollars. This comes from the sale of the community’s shares in what was previously the Auckland Savings Bank. That endowment allows us to make around $35m in grants each year to not-for-profit groups and community initiatives in Auckland and Northland.

Since it was founded as the community trust for Auckland and Northland in 1988, the Foundation has returned around a billion dollars in grants to our region.


Ministry for the Environment

Ministry for the Environment was established under the Environment Act 1986. Our purpose is – he whenua mana kura mō te tangata – to make Aotearoa /New Zealand the most liveable place in the world.

To make New Zealand the most liveable place in the world, we need our environment to prosper. Our job as an organisation is second to none; we work with New Zealanders to create change and we are at the cutting edge of policy. We inspire, we listen, we engage, we invest, we provide the evidence, we make connections, and we monitor the system to see what’s working. We drive constant improvement across the environmental and natural resources systems.


Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (Te Papa Atawhai) is the government agency charged with conserving New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage. They are one of the five government agencies that have been tasked with administering the $1.245 billion Jobs for Nature fund which was established by the Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Jobs for Nature programme helps revitalise communities through nature-based employment, stimulating the economy post COVID-19 whilst ensuring environmental benefits. The Sustainable Business Network has partnered with the Department of Conservation to administer some of this funding and create nature based jobs with our Million Metres community partners across Aotearoa. 



Alsco is a specialised supplier of Textile Rental Services (Towels, mats, uniforms), First Response Services (First Aid Kits, Defibrillators, Eyewash, Spill Kits and Civil Defence), Washroom Services (Hygiene and Sanitary), and Business Consumables.

It operates throughout New Zealand from 19 branches and marketing centres. Processing, sales, and distribution services are provided from Bluff to Kataia.

Alsco has agreed to become a foundation supporter of Million Metres with a three year commitment. It will help cover the running cost of the project.  Alsco will host information days for staff. Staff will also be volunteering at Million Metres planting days. 


The Body Shop

The Body Shop® International plc is the original, natural and ethical beauty brand, with over 3,000 stores in over 66 countries. The story started in Brighton England, 1976, when founder Dame Anita Roddick began mixing her own products and infusing them with a new idea: that business could be a force for good. Following this vision, for 40 years The Body Shop® has been rule breaking, never faking and change making.

As part of their Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment, they’ve made it their mission to enrich their products, people and planet. They have always believed that businesses have responsibilities towards the communities in which they operate. The quality of water in New Zealand waterways needs to improve, and the The Body Shop® want their staff and customers throughout the country to have the opportunity to help. For this reason they are donating to Million Metres through products sales.


Exhibit Group

Exhibit Group has over 30 years’ experience servicing the exhibition, events and trade display industries. It builds high quality displays and signage, provide logistics services, display maintenance and storage. It has provided Million Metres with an events display that will get delivered to events around the country.

If you choose to work with Exhibit Group let them know you found out about them through us. The company will donate 10% of the sale to a Million Metres Project.  


Karma Drinks

There are about 2 billion branded cola drinks consumed every day – over a million a minute. But the West African people who discovered the magical properties of the cola nut don’t make a penny back from the world’s most popular fizzy drink. We thought it was time someone did something about that. So we made Karma Cola.
We made Karma Cola to taste good and be good. Be good for the land, good for the people who grow the ingredients, and as good for you as fizzy drinks can be – so you can feel good about drinking them. We set up the Karma Cola Foundation to help ensure that happens, and money from every beverage in the Karma Drinks range sold helps a village in Sierra Leone.



COR Associates provides expertise in building engineering services and design. It believes that the built environment must enhance the natural world. It strives to embed sustainability into its design solutions.

CORA has agreed to become a foundation supporter of Million Metres Streams for three years. 


Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari offers outstanding whale watching, dolphin encounters and rare seabird spotting all year-round in the Hauraki Gulf. They are supporting Million Metres through their ‘Carbon Emissions Counteraction’ scheme where passengers can donate towards a Million Metres Stream project during the booking process or during their safari experience. They also support Million Metres projects through providing fundraising charter opportunities.


These people and businesses have generously donated their expertise and resources to the project.

Talman Madsen

Talman is a New Zealand based photographer who is passionately in love with this beautiful country. He spends his time travelling to the wild places seeking out scenes that make our jaws drop, all the while documenting it on social media. In 2016 he was awarded the New Zealand Geographic Young Photographer of the Year, he also received a Highly Commended in the Aerial Category.

Through his travels he has managed to amass a large following on social media, it’s always been important to him that he was using his influence for good. Upon learning about Million Meters it was only natural that he would team up with us!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/talman/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TalmanMadsenPhotography

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TalmanMadsen

Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/talman1

Website: www.talmanmadsen.com

Matt Dowdle

Matt Dowdle is an Auckland-based photographer who specialises in lifestyle, landscape and adventure photography. Inspired by the natural beauty of New Zealand, photography has turned into a passionate pursuit of his. In 2016/17 he set out on a personal photography project called Lost Zealand, a 3000km walk stretching from Cape Reinga in the North Island to Bluff in the South Island of New Zealand. It was a 6 month journey that saw him venture up mountains, through forests and into the unknown. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattdowdle/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattdowdlephotography

Website: https://www.mattdowdle.com/

Scott Sinton

Scott Sinton is an environmentally focused commercial photographer, specialising in Adventure Sport and Wildlife. He is an ocean inspired human based out of Christchurch, New Zealand.

2020 Photostory Winner – NZ Geographic Photographer of the Year Awards.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottysinton/

Website: http://scottsinton.co.nz/

Dr Mike Joy, Massey University

Well known as the scientific champion for New Zealand’s waterways, Dr Joy shared his knowledge, stats and photos for this website.

Brookfields Lawyers

Brookfields Lawyers have generously donated legal advice to the Million Metres Streams Project. 

Borderless Productions

At Borderless we believe that through unlocking and inspiring positive action, we make our communities and world a better place. 

Our boutique social change company is committed to driving thinking and actions through digital storytelling and social change activations.