Kiwi band Shapeshifter digs Million Metres!

11 Oct 2016 by The Million Metres team sustainablecoastlines Canterbury

When you ask celebrities to dish the dirt, they don’t usually take it literally…Members of New Zealand band Shapeshifter volunteered on a Million Metres project’s planting day this winter.

The band volunteered for a public planting day at the Ōtākaro-Avon River Restoration Project in Anzac Drive Reserve, East Christchurch.

It's located alongside a ‘red zone’ area badly affected by liquefaction during the earthquakes. Many homes were so damaged they had to be removed. 

The home of Nick Robinson's parents was one of them. Nick is bassist and keyboard player with Shapeshifter. 

“This is hugely important to the area,” he said. “It’s rejuvenating what was once native bush and wetlands. It does so much to the environment and the ecosystem all the way down the estuary. And who knows, soon we’ll be eating food out of here again.”

The project’s crowdfunding drive finished in August after reaching its target of $16,660. Restoring the parkland and stream is a vital part of rehabilitating the whole area. 

For the planting, Million Metres teamed up with Sustainable Coastlines, Avon-Ōtākaro Network, Christchurch City Council and Landcare Research. Working together the volunteers managed to plant out all of the 2,000 plants Million Metres donations paid for.

On the first day 220 school children planted more than 600 plants. On the second more than 100 volunteers got the rest in the ground.


Georgina Hart, Million Metres project lead, said: “Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project. It was inspiring to see how much this meant to local people. It was impressive to see how much work they were willing to put in to get those plants in the ground!