Million Metres Blog

Check in here for the latest from the Million Metres Streams Project; everything from project milestones to commentary about news and events relating to our waterways.

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The future of New Zealand’s forests in the face of climate change

6 Apr 2021 by Andy Kenworthy

Our take on the government’s newly created Climate Change Commission hopes for a new respect for the restorative power of Aotearoa’s waterways. The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) has just submitted its response and recommendations to the Draft Advice from the commission to the government. As Million Metres’ parent organisation, there’s naturally an emphasis on the important role waterway restoration will have in tackling climate change.

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Supporting island life with jobs for nature

1 Apr 2021 by Andy Kenworthy

On Waiheke Island, The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) is supporting people in the local community with environmental employment. This is also helping to safeguard local tourism operators. With the help of SBN, the Waiheke Resources Trust (WRT) has so far received a total of $595,000 funding from the Government’s Jobs for Nature Fund. The Fund is administered by the Department of Conservation. It was created to respond to pandemic-driven regional unemployment and the declining health of New Zealand’s waterways and landscapes. It's had a significant effect on Waiheke's tight-knit community.

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Alsco - four years of helping to clean up NZ’s waterways

1 Apr 2021 by Andy Kenworthy

Since 2017, Alsco has provided more than $100,000 to our programme, supporting community groups and landowners to replant local waterways with native plants and trees. More than 500 of its staff, friends, suppliers, and even customers have taken part in a staggering 17 volunteer planting days around the country. Together, they have planted more than 10,000 native trees.

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The Body Shop - Enriching NZ’s waterways

1 Apr 2021 by Andy Kenworthy

Since 2017, The Body Shop has provided nearly $32,000 to 15 different community and farmer-led planting projects in eight regions around the country. This has funded the restoration of more than a kilometre of waterway, planting nearly 6,000 trees!

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For the Love of Trees! Christmas Giving 2020

19 Jan 2021 by Rosa Thompson

The results are in and we’re impressed. Generous individuals and businesses like you gifted 3200 native trees this Christmas, donating over $19,000 to waterway restoration! The trees will be planted at Million Metres’ projects this winter and will help to protect and restore Aotearoa’s precious waterways for years to come.

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The Waiheke Way to Love our Wetlands

16 Dec 2020 by Rosa Thompson

Million Metres has been partnering with the Waiheke Resources Trust since 2017. This year their wetland restoration work has blossomed with support from the Government's Jobs for Nature Fund. Since August, they’ve employed 21 part and full time team members, teaching valuable skills in ecological restoration and providing much needed employment for people in the tourism sector. Read on for a great account of a recent trip to Waiheke by our new Water Programme Lead, Pieter Tuinder.

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More Jobs for Nature!

1 Dec 2020 by Rosa Thompson

The Sustainable Business Network is continuing its work to create employment in nature restoration, with more funding from the Department of Conservation.

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Power Boost for Planting in the Bay of Plenty

8 Oct 2020 by Eryn Hooper

In recognising the impact that COVID-19 has had on communities across New Zealand, Trustpower’s Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team agreed to take a deduction in their annual remuneration earlier in the year, and have used these proceeds to set up a community fund. 

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Cheers Speight's

1 Jul 2020 by alaina@sustainable.org.nz

The legends at Speight’s are helping us look after what matters - New Zealand’s precious waterways! Over the last 10 years, Speight’s has supported environmental projects in the Otago region via the Speight’s Fund.

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Te Mangatupae Stream Project Update, Mahia Peninsula, Hawke's Bay

1 Jul 2020 by alaina@sustainable.org.nz

Te Mangatupae Stream is in the Whangawehi Catchment, Mahia Peninsula, Hawke's Bay. In 2019, the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group set a goal to plant 3000 metres of the stream with native plants and trees. Read on for an update on their progress. We’ve got some great news!

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