Million Metres, coming to a waterway near you?

31 May 2017 by The Million Metres team Northland

Our nationwide roll-out continues with two new projects in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. 

One thing we have learned at Million Metres is that great initiatives to plant up waterways come in all shapes and sizes. Right now on our site we have some great examples of the diverse efforts we need. We have small group of volunteers like those raising $25,000 to restore the rural Maraetōtara River in the Te Matau a Māui/Hawke’s Bay on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island. And we have the ambitious endeavours of the The Whau River Catchment Trust. It is seeking $120,000 to help revitalise an area of the Rosebank Peninsula deep in the heart of Auckland.

The first of our new projects takes us to the Waikato and the Te Onetea Stream Extension Project. Waikato River Care Inc has been working in the area since 1999. The group has already planted more than 240,000 trees. Its projects together cover 27 kilometres of riparian restoration! The current Million Metres project will plant up 200 metres of stream. The planting will be 58m wide, covering more than 4,000m2 in a busy public location. This will help protect the river as well as raise the profile of the group’s outstanding work.

Our second new project is just outside Katikati in the Bay of Plenty. We are working with the Uretara Estuary Managers Inc. The plan is to restore 1,250 metres of the Tahawai Stream in partnership with the Aberfeldy sheep farm. It’s a great example of how Million Metres helps bring landowners and volunteers together to tackle their local waterway issues.

These projects are each looking to raise $25,000, so give them a boost if you can.

Million Metres work is starting to pop up all over New Zealand. Keep an eye out for more local work near you. But remember, we are all in this together. So whichever projects you can support wherever they are, it’s all good!

Georgina Hart is project lead for Million Metres. She said: “It’s endlessly fascinating to learn about the huge range of initiatives all over the country. We want to support as many as we can!”