Planting season under way!

1 Jun 2016 by The Million Metres team Auckland Council Northland

Million Metres is all about getting down in the mud and putting plants in the ground. The winter planting season is underway. And you can help!

None of these projects can happen without help from volunteers. The truth is that if we are going to fix New Zealand’s waterways, we all have to do our bit.

Planting days are a great fun way to make a contribution. You don’t have to be a burly digging type. There are jobs to suit everyone and all the projects really appreciate whatever help you can give. Bring the kids and a picnic and enjoy a local, social, active day out in the fresh air with some environmental education thrown in!

These planting days are also great opportunities for anyone who has contributed to a stream planting project through Million Metres to see for themselves the work getting done.

You could help out at Tomarata Farm Stream at Te Arai, north of Auckland. After successfully crowdfunding $21,546 John and Geraldine Taylor are committed to planning 1.2km of stream. They will have a volunteer planting day on 23 June and members of the Million Metres team will be there! If you would like to come along, register here.

If you are in the Hawkes Bay area you can join in with the The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group, which has two projects on the Mahia Peninsula.The Taharoa/Grandy Lake Forest site is now being prepared for planting. The area has been sprayed and the last fences are going up. The first trees are set to be delivered in the next couple of weeks. Contractors are set to start the major planting in mid-July. The team are hoping to get 1.9km of native plants and trees in the ground by the end of August. The nearby Pongaroa Station is also being prepared for nearly 2km of planting.

Nicolas Caviale from the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group said: "Things are looking good here, last year’s trees have grown extremely well so we are all happy!”

The group have two community planting days scheduled for the 9th and 16th July.

If you can spare the time to give them a hand contact Oha Manuel at te_uhi@hotmail.com
or Nic Caviale on 06 838 8527 or caviale@hbrc.govt.nz

Find out more at: whangawehi.com

The doughty Woodridge Planters volunteer group celebrated Arbour Day and World Environment Day on June 5 in the best possible way. They held a public planting day at The Belmont Stream in Wellington. The stream is a tributary of the Porirua Stream, and one of the few remaining natural lowland streams in the capital. Newlands Intermediate School in Paparangi has also adopted 100m of the 474m project as part of the school's Take Action for Water programme. 

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