Cleaning up Auckland's waterways a metre at a time

Publish Date : 08 Mar 2016
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Kaipara’s Hoteo River and the Kaipara Harbour will be the first to benefit from Million Metres crowd-funding project in Auckland.

The Sustainable Business Networks Million Metres project is a crowd-funding initiative that helps to protect our waterways. 

‘Million Metres Streams’ shared vision is to bring together riparian planting expertise, community groups, land owners and supporters of restoration to fund stream planting projects.

In alignment with Auckland’s vision to keep our waterways clean Auckland Council is supporting the project as a Field Partner. The partnership means Auckland communities benefit from improved water quality in waterways and harbours.

The role of field partners is to connect land owners and community groups with Million Metres and help to crowd-fund their projects. They are also responsible for selecting priority areas and building planting plans.

Auckland Council chose Tomarata Farm at the head waters of the Hoteo River as the starting point for the first project. A kilometre of stream bank planting will be added to the rural catchment that flows into the Hoteo River.

Hoteo River is a priority management area for Auckland Council. The main aim is to reduce sediment entering the river, improve water quality and lessen impacts on the marine life of the Kairpara harbour.

You can help clean up the Hoteo River by supporting the Million Metres project. Every $18 donated buys another metre of stream planting. Tomarata Farm is currently at 30% of their crowd-funding goal, but still needs help to plant more trees this winter.

Get to know more about Million Metres and enter their #MyWaterWayNZ photo competition on Facebook or Instagram to be in to win a new GoPro camera, a week's camper rental, and prize packs from All Good Organics and Ecostore.

Cleaning up Aucklands waterways a metre at a time

Entries open until March 15th. Get full details.

To find out more about the quality of Auckland’s waterways, see Auckland Council’s State of Environment Report.

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