The Auckland Big Dig – March 2018

9 Mar 2018 by The Million Metres team Auckland Council Auckland

Last week the State of our Gulf 2017 report revealed that the Hauraki Gulf supports 45% less marine life than it did in 1925. Our team was shocked. In response we have launched the Auckland Big Dig, a big push on our projects throughout this month.

Our aim - to raise $50,000 for the Hauraki Gulf.

To take care of Hauraki Gulf, we must take care of our rivers.

We have five planting projects from the Auckland region currently fundraising on our website. These projects total more than $100,000 of waterway planting of native plants and trees.

We need everyone to dig deep to support them.


Restoring Rosebank Peninsula, West Auckland

This small but important marine reserve on the outskirts of the city is a safe haven for juvenile flounder and native fish.

The Whau River Catchment Trust is fundraising to plant 12,000 native plants and trees along the Whau River that leads into the Waitemata Harbour.

Restoring Mill Stream – Warkworth, North Auckland

Mill Stream hosts rare and ‘at-risk’ species, including long-fin eel (tuna), koura and freshwater mussels (kakahi). Banded kokopu are also present. The landowners are planning to plant 8,000 native plants and trees. Mill Stream flows into the Mahurangi River and eventually into the Mahurangi Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.

Restoring the Wairoa River at Clevedon Wharf – Franklin, South Auckland

The headwaters of the Wairoa are tucked away in the Hunua Ranges southeast of Auckland. They play a vital role as a source of household water for the region. Beyond the dams, the river flows out of the ranges, through farmland and the village of Clevedon to the Hauraki Gulf. Friends of Te Wairoa Catchment will plant 2,000 plants along the river this winter.

Growing Matuku Link – Waitakere, West Auckland

Matuku Link is a 37 hectare native forest block in west Auckland’s Bethells Valley. The reserve connects several protected areas. These include Ark in the Park, Habitat Te Henga, Forrest Ridge and Matuku Reserve. It is home to rare wetland birds, including the Matuku (or Bittern), and native bats. Matuku Link plans to plant 750 metres of the Waitakere River with 3,270 native plants and trees. The Waitakere flows into the Tasman Sea.

Big Bay Pond – Awhitu Peninsula, Auckland

The Blake family have owned their dairy farm in Big Bay for 18 years. For the last two years they have been working with Awhitu Peninsula Landcare Inc – a local nursery and volunteer organisation – to plant thousands of native trees and restore streams. They are working to plant additional native plants in a wetland area around a pond. The streams flow to the Manukau Harbour.

* The waterways in the first three projects flow directly into the Hauraki Gulf. As part of Big Dig Auckland we are also looking to support the other projects in the city, as part of our work to help clean up the whole region.