Teaming up with Million Metres

Teaming up with Million Metres

'Tis the season of giving, and, as a way to give back, Tonkin + Taylor has teamed up with the Million Metres Streams Project to help bring health and vitality back into New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and streams.

The goal of the Million Metres Streams Project is to plant a million metres of riparian margins to restore the banks of NZ’s waterways. To make sure that plants are put in the ground, receive appropriate after-care and that stream water quality is recorded, Million Metres works with credible field partners and projects with proper systems in place. Million Metres is a project of the Sustainable Business Network.

As part of the initiative, T+T are donating 3,895 trees to be planted across three areas in New Zealand:

Auckland - Omaru Stream, Tāmaki Estuary

Feeding into the Tāmaki Estuary, the Omaru Stream is one of Auckland’s most polluted waterways. A substantial effort is needed in order to improve water quality. With the help of community group, Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) and Auckland Council, the planting of plant species such as toetoe, giant umbrella sedge, cabbage tree, kānuka and mānuka will help improve the health of the Omaru Stream.

Wellington - Wainuiomata River, Baring Head

A 284 hectare headland and river valley in between Palliser Bay and Wellington Harbour, Baring Head is a scenic reserve that includes the lower reaches of the Wainuiomata River – a listed Water of National Importance. A long term project, community group Friends of Baring Head, aims to plant cabbage trees, harakeke, toetoe and ngaio along the Wainuiomata River over the next 10 years.

Christchurch – A tributary of the Ōtākaro/Avon River, Jellie Park

The Ōtākaro/Avon River catchment drains much of the north, north-western and central areas of Christchurch before flowing into the north of Ihutai / the Avon-Heathcote Estuary. The Ōtākaro/Avon River and its tributaries are of high ecological value and support numerous threatened and at-risk freshwater fishes such as lamprey, longfin eel and inanga.

The Wairarapa Stream flows into the Ōtākaro/Avon River upstream of Hagley Park. CVNZ in conjunction with Christchurch City Council will restore a section of the Wairarapa Stream in Jellie Park.

Planting will take place between June and September this year, when there’s enough moisture in the ground to help new plants get established.

As part of the action, T+T staff members will be getting their hands dirty, joining planting days across the country.

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