9 waterways replanted with thousands of native trees

10 Nov 2017 by The Million Metres team Auckland Council Northland

The 2017 planting season is wrapping up. Million Metres has hosted 10 planting days on nine different waterways. In total, 250 volunteers helped put 8,640 native plants and trees in the ground.


Here are the lucky streams, rivers and wetlands:

  • Hoteo River, North Auckland
  • Whau River, West Auckland
  • Rangihoua Wetland, Waiheke Island
  • Tahawai Stream, Bay of Plenty
  • Mangapapa Stream, Manawatu
  • Belmont Stream, Wellington
  • Lake Ohinewai, Waikato,
  • Mangaonua Stream, Waikato
  • Silver Stream, Christchurch

We were delighted to be joined by staff from Alsco and NZI at various events throughout the program. Alsco has signed a three year sponsorship partnership with Million Metres. NZI has been a foundation partner for the Sustainable Business Network for more than a decade.

Here’s an update on how some of the days went and the impact they had:

In Auckland, Million Metres worked with the Whau River Catchment Trust to host a planting day on the Whau River. 50 staff from Alsco and The Body Shop planted 800 native trees along with other members of the public.

In the Bay of Plenty Alsco staff planted 4,000 plants and trees at Aberfeldy Farm in Katikati, Bay of Plenty. A stream life workshop was also held. The group was successful in catching and releasing a long-fin eel and a banded kokopu! Banded kokopu are becoming increasingly rare in New Zealand’s waterways due to loss of wetlands where they spawn.

In the Waikato Million Metres teamed up with Waikato RiverCare to plant along Lake Ohinewai and Mangaonua Stream in October. Forty volunteers planted more than 2,000 plants and trees. This year Lake Ohinewai will become the first in the Waikato to be fully surrounded with native bush.

In Palmerston North 50 volunteers from Alsco, the Manawatu Turbo’s rugby team and Toyota New Zealand spent a day planting Mangapapa Stream. Eight hundred native plants and trees were planted to help protect Woodville’s water supply.

In Canterbury Million Metres joined forces with the Silver Stream Advisory Group. The Silver Stream is significant to local Maori for mahinga kai – the gathering of food. It is renowned for its spring fed waters, trout fishing and seasonal salmon. Volunteers hacked their way through willow roots to plant 200 flaxes and carexes. More trees will be planted next winter to cover an area the size of 1.5 international rugby fields.

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