Planting Season Ramps Up

25 Aug 2017 by The Million Metres team Auckland Council Northland

During winter projects switch into planting mode. We’ve been all over the country supporting our project partners. Our business supporters have joined us to get their hands dirty too.

Watching trees being planted that the Million Metres platform has fundraised for is incredible. You leave knowing that one day the area will be a mature native forest. And of course we have all our generous donors and sponsors to thank for that.

The waterways being planted this winter are:

  • Hoteo River, North Auckland
  • Whau River, West Auckland
  • Rangihoua Wetland, Waiheke Island
  • Tahawai Stream, Bay of Plenty
  • Mangapapa Stream, Manawatu
  • Belmont Stream, Wellington
  • Waikato River
  • Silver Stream, Christchurch

Woodville residents will have cleaner water thanks to the Manawatu Turbos rugby team, local Alsco team members and staff from Toyota New Zealand.

53 volunteers were involved in a planting project along 1.9 kms of the banks of the Mangapapa Stream flowing through Ratahiwi Farm near Woodville. This stream is the Woodvilles water supply.

NZI and Alsco joined Million Metres for 10 planting days across the country. Volunteers are also learning about their local waterway, its water quality issues and the native wildlife that calls it home.

Recently, staff from the Sustainable Business Network and NZI staff took a day out of the office to plant 300 native trees to help restore Rangihoura Wetland on Waiheke Island. About 50 staff helped put a variety of native trees in the ground.

Emily Harris is NZI Brand and Sponsorship Specialist. She said: “We’re really proud to have supported the Sustainable Business Network for the past decade. This year we’re excited to get staff more involved in that relationship, and to learn about one of their key projects, Million Metres Streams. It’s a nice way to bring the sponsorship to life.”

Watch this video to on our day restoring Rangihoura: 

Alsco staff in Wellington have recently helped restore the banks of Belmont stream in Wellington and the Whau River in Auckland. The worker’s families also came along to do their bit for New Zealand’s waterways.

David Woodhead is Alsco’s Wellington Branch Manager. He said: “We’re really proud to be a part of the Million Metres planting program. It fits really nicely with our environmental policy. It’s really pleasing for me as a manager to see our staff and their family and friends coming out to give their time to a good cause.”

JUCY Car Rentals helped fix a sticky situation on Tomarata Farm in Te Arai. 10,000 native plants were planted here in the 2016 planting season. Unfortunately, serious flooding swept many of the plants away. In a last minute call out for supporters, JUCY jumped on board to help replace the lost plants.

Georgi Hart, Project Lead for Million Metres Streams said: “We’re so proud to have such strong business supporters. Without them we couldn’t do this important work. It’s inspiring to see our sponsors invest in the future of our natural resources, and it’s heartening to see so many staff voluntarily opt to get out and get their hands dirty taking care of our country.”