Cheers Speight's

1 Jul 2020 by Otago Regional Council Otago

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.

In 2019, Speight’s and Million Metres partnered to transform this programme to deliver support to waterway restoration projects in Otago, and nationally.

Speight’s supported a huge planting effort in 2019, and 2020 is shaping up to be another massive year.

Speight’s + Million Metres in 2020

In 2020, every donation to the fundraisers to restore our waterways at Taramaire Stream, Otawera Stream and Cardrona River, will now be matched by Speight's, up to $10,000 for each project.

As a result, 1500 metres of these rivers banks will be restored with 3637 native seedlings.

Learn more about the projects below and jump on board, as every dollar donated is two dollars for healthy waterways.

Cardrona Kaitiaki, OTAGO

The Cardrona Valley is loved by outdoor enthusiasts the world over. Every New Year, it hosts the Rhythm & Alps music festival.
The Wanaka Water Project is tackling a multitude of challenges that affect water quality, as the Valley is also popular for agriculture, tourism and as a place to live.

The Wanaka Water Project works with land owners to plant along the Cardrona River and other streams and wetlands in the valley. Restoring wetlands helps retain water in this dry area. This year the group aims to plant no less than 5000 native trees. Learn more. 

Make Kaiate Falls Swimmable Again, BAY OF PLENTY

We really want to go for a dip at Kaiate Falls, but at the moment we can’t. The locals used to swim here all summer long. But today, there are high levels of E.coli bacteria and Toi Te Ora Public Health has advised against it.

The local community, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Waitao Landcare Group want to clean up the Otawera Stream down to Kaiate Falls.

They intend to fence off and plant the waterways upstream from Kaiate Falls. This will keep livestock out of the water and filter runoff from the farms. With your support, they aim to plant more than 6700 native plants. Learn more.

Let’s Restore Taramaire Stream, WAIKATO

The Levers’ sheep and beef farm sits at the headwaters of Taramarie Stream near Miranda. Taramaire stream flows all the way to the ocean and empties into the Firth of Thames and the Hauraki Gulf.

The Levers fenced the stream off from stock two years ago and have been excited to see the wildlife start to return, including koura, eel and several species of fish. Planting the banks will improve the health of the stream and the Hauraki Gulf beyond.

The Levers are fundraising to plant 6,600 native plants and trees, and you can help too. Learn more.