Local Business Backs it’s Local Waterway

17 May 2018 by The Million Metres team Auckland Council Northland

Preview Clothing in Pukekohe celebrated 35 years in business earlier this year. A remarkable feat for any Kiwi business. Instead of throwing a party, they wanted to celebrate by doing something positive in their local community.

Owners of Preview, Greg and Liz Hicks, decided they wanted to help restore a local waterway on Awhitu Peninsular. Million Metres jumped on board to help make it happen. 

Over four weeks the shop ran an instore fundraiser. Customers were asked to donate a native tree for $5 on top of their purchase.

More than 300 customers donated 573 trees to the fundraiser. A total of $2,865 was raised!

The trees are being planted in the Big Bay Pond project on Awhitu Peninsula. Brian and Elaine Blake have owned their dairy farm on Big Bay road for the past 18 years. Their mission was to to plant 1,350 native plants and trees on the farm this year.

The Blake’s had a fundraising target of $5,820. This was smashed thanks to the incredible amount of support from their local community.

Thanks to the help of Preview Clothing and other donors, the Blake family will be able to plant this winter. The native species will help stabilise the ponds banks, reduce erosion, filter pollutants, and improve the overall health of the ecosystem.

Liz Hicks, owner of Preview Clothing, said: “We are always working on our sustainability as a business and we were very keen to engaging our customers and suppliers in the conversation. The response was amazing, they all loved the idea of helping our local waterway”.

If you think your organisation could help plant native trees along New Zeeland’s waterways, contact: info@millionmetres.org.nz. For more businesses who support Million Metres, check out Products that Plant.