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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That's a wrap! Alsco Planting Days 2021

27 Sep 2021 by Rosa Thompson

This year, Alsco co-hosted a series of 5 planting days with Million Metres as part of their ongoing commitment to waterway restoration. Teams from Alsco branches around the country have been grabbing gumboots and spades and heading out to plant trees along their local rivers and streams.

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New jobs supporting rural life

27 May 2021 by Andy Kenworthy

On the East Coast of the North Island around Mahia the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) is helping to create employment that carefully matches local needs.

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Bringing life back to the Wainuiomata River – 2020 Project Update

28 Apr 2021 by Rosa Thompson

Despite the continuous challenges and disruptions of 2020, the Friends of Baring Head were able to make huge progress towards their long-term restoration goal of bringing life back to the banks of the Wainuiomata River! This was thanks to continued support from generous businesses and individuals committing further help for waterway restoration across Aotearoa. Read on for an update on their progress in the 2020 planting season and plans for the upcoming year.

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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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