Westpac sharpens its spades for Manawatu waterway

19 May 2015 by The Million Metres team queenelizabeth Manawatu-Whanganui

Westpac has joined the Million Metres Streams Project as the first major corporate supporting a project! In so doing they kick-started our first project in the Manawatu region and helped demonstrate the role businesses can play at a community level in improving water quality. 

Announced at the Central Districts Field Days in Fielding in March, Westpac’s support includes a donation of $10,000 towards plants for a stream restoration in Waituna West, north of Fielding.

In line with its ‘Help is what we do’ mantra, Westpac wants to give back and support the communities in which it operates. As water has become a major concern for Kiwis and our economy, Westpac believes it has a role to play.

“We wanted to be part of the Million Metres Streams project because we believe that innovation and collaboration with individuals, community and organisations are key to solving some of the most pressing issues that we face today,” says Westpac CEO, David McLean.

David says Westpac prides itself on being a leader in sustainable business practices.

“For us, this means tackling the long-term challenges facing our customers, our business and the country as a whole and helping develop solutions that contribute to a stronger New Zealand.”

“We are committed to providing products and solutions that support the transition to a cleaner economy, managing our environmental footprint, increasing the financial education and wellbeing of New Zealanders, and ensuring we have an inclusive workplace that reflects the diversity of New Zealand society. Through it all we are committed to supporting the people and communities that are the bedrock of our business.”

Westpac’s support will provide 2,500 plants for a stream that feeds into the Kiwitea River, a tributary of the Oroua River. In addition, regional Westpac staff will be able to support the project through volunteering – whether it be weeding, prepping the stream banks or riparian planting.

“Having Westpac as our first corporate sponsor is an important milestone for us, and is very exciting,” says MMS Communications Manager, Claire Warren.

“Westpac is a great example of how business can get involved at a community level, both financially and on the ground. It’s good for the businesses and the communities, not to mention the waterways,” Claire says.