Community waterway restoration groups in Auckland and Northland will get more help, thanks to a funding boost for Million Metres.
Million Metres is a project of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN). It supports community led waterway planting of native plants and trees up and down the country. This is done through a crowdfunding website, technical support and partnerships with New Zealand businesses.
“What we do on land flows into the sea. In recent decades this has meant increasing pollution choking the life out of our waterways and our oceans. This is stifling our own lives too. Thankfully, more and more ordinary Kiwis are getting stuck in to turn this sad situation around. We are here to help them secure healthy waterways for now and for generations to come. It’s great that Foundation North is helping to make that happen.”
As the community trust for Auckland and Northland, Foundation North's commitment to protecting and restoring the natural environment in this region goes back 30 years. A substantial portion of the billion dollars in grants the Foundation has returned to the region since 1988 has gone to support environmental projects – including in the Hauraki Gulf.
“Protecting and restoring our waterways is vital to healthy ecosystems. Foundation North is proud to support opportunities for local people to get actively involved in this work, giving volunteers of all ages a chance to reconnect with the living waters all around us.”
Million Metres’ work in Auckland now forms part of GulfX. GulfX is a major new SBN initiative, supported by Foundation North’s Gulf Innovation Fund Together (GIFT). GulfX also works with the region’s businesses to reduce plastic and heavy metal pollution to restore the mauri, the life essence, of Tīkapa Moana / Te Moananui ā Toi - the Hauraki Gulf.