From a trickle to a flood, more projects

20 Mar 2017 by The Million Metres team Auckland Council Auckland

Million Metres is accelerating its work all over the country. We have three new projects up and running since the last newsletter and more in the pipeline.

New Zealand’s water crisis is big. So is our ambition to help tackle it. In the last few months we have had a real focus on recruiting new projects to crowdfund for. You will soon see the results. There will be more and more projects on our website in the coming months.

Right now we are crowdfunding for six projects from Canterbury to Auckland. Together they represent more than $200,000 worth of fundraising. This money will go towards nearly 3,500m of planned planting.

The latest to be added are the Pahurehure Inlet, Mangapapa Stream, Rangihoua Wetlands and the Maraetorara River.

The Pahurehure Inlet Protection Society near Papakura in South Auckland is raising money to plant out a section of a walkway. This will provide habitat for shoreline birds, stabilise banks and reduce erosion.

A section of the Mangapapa Stream in Manawatu is being restored by a local farming company. The company has already protected 17.5 hectares of bush on its Ratahiwi Farm with two Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Covenants.

Rangihoua Wetlands on Waiheke is set to get a new buffer of native trees on its boundary to increase its protection from pollution.

The Maraetotara Tree Trust is crowdfunding $25,000 for 1,000 metres of native planting along the Maraetotara River in the Hawke’s Bay. The Maraetotara runs the length of the 26,000 hectare Cape to City ecological restoration project and is part of a much larger vision for restoration being carried out in the Bay.

We have also begun a special project in Wanaka to honour the memory of conservationist Dr Maggie Lawton, who passed away last Tuesday after a short illness.

To help meet the growing demand for Million Metres crowdfunding we have taken on a new member of staff. Alaina Pomeroy joins us with a wealth of knowledge on local conservation work. She will be getting out and about around the country to help projects sign up with us and get the dollars rolling.

Alaina says: “It’s exciting to jump on board with Million Metres as things are really gathering momentum. It’s going to be a big year for us. I can’t wait to meet up with all the folks we are going to be able to help.”

If you have a project you would like to list with us, contact alaina@sustainable.org.nz