Vital boost for restoring Auckland’s waterways

6 Mar 2019 by The Million Metres team

Auckland Council is boosting community led waterway restoration projects throughout the region. It has signed a new three year commitment to the Million Metres Streams project.

Million Metres will support the planting of native plants and trees for at least ten waterway projects each year in the region. It does this through its crowdfunding website, advice and technical support.

Libby Caldwell,  Senior Healthy Waters Specialist at Auckland Council says:

“Ten waterway restoration projects in the region have worked with Million Metres so far. Together they have raised more than $200,000. This has enabled nearly seven kilometres of stream to be restored. It has funded the planting of more than 40,000 native plants and trees.

“Auckland Council also provides expert advice to Million Metres projects. This helps ensure their long term success. This new partnership will increase our support by at least 10 additional projects in the next 12 months.

“It’s all part of our (Auckland Councils) work to foster a community that cares for our freshwater and coastal environments. It’s also one of the ways we are meeting our obligations under the Unitary plan to protect and enhance freshwater systems and coastal areas.”

Rangihoua Wetland (Waiheke) and Omaru Stream (Glen Innes) are currently fundraising to plant this winter.

Georgina Hart is Project Lead Water at the Sustainable Business Network. She says:

“We are delighted to partner with Auckland Council to help more communities protect and restore their awa. Their ongoing commitment will be instrumental in transforming Auckland’s waterways into the national treasures we all want them to become.”