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2 ha of wetland, 4 km of riverfront, tens of 000’s of trees

2 ha of wetland, 4 km of riverfront, tens of 000’s of trees

16 Feb 2015 by The Million Metres team

Conservation a natural part of farming for Charlie and Louise Savage

Trees, streams, wetlands, birds and wildlife; if it’s native, Charlie and Louise Savage of Kowhai Nui station want it in every practical place on their farm. They’re well on the way to achieving that which is fantastic news for the waterways in the area.

A 610 hectare sheep and beef farm, Kowhai Nui is situated in the ‘soft-rock’ hill country of Gisborne District, among the foothills of the Raukumara Range at Te Karaka. Being rolling to steep hilled farmland, significant intervention is required to retain the precious topsoil and stop it washing down the streams.

“While much of the farm is fertile and excellent farming country, some gullies and riparian areas require complete restoration, and pasture requires erosion treatment in the form of spaced tree planting,” says Louise.

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A family farm with an eye on a sustainable future

A family farm with an eye on a sustainable future

19 May 2015 by The Million Metres team

It all started with the big storm of February 2004 that struck the lower North Island. Millions of tonnes of hill-country soil and sediment were deposited in the region’s river systems. Massive floods cost the country $112 million in insurance claims, $77.6 million in damage to roads and bridges, and some $10 million in soil conservation work.* And that does not include the cost of the region’s loss of productivity.

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Westpac sharpens its spades for Manawatu waterway

Westpac sharpens its spades for Manawatu waterway

19 May 2015 by The Million Metres team

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. 

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A new milestone for the Upper Whitestone river and for us!

A new milestone for the Upper Whitestone river and for us!

19 Aug 2015 by The Million Metres team

In a huge and exciting milestone for the Million Metres Streams Project, the Tributaries of the Whitestone restoration project near Te Anau has got its plants in the ground in August. It’s the first project of several that we’ve funded to do so, and we hope the first of many!

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