Million Metres Project

We set a big goal for 2017, and ended up raising enough funds with donations from our Big Yoghi jar sales to help Million Metres plant 2,143 trees along NZ’s rivers!

We have a lot of respect for Million Metres and what they’re doing. Here’s why riparian (the wetlands beside rivers and streams) planting is important:

Why the need for planting?

1/4 of our forests
remain

Aotearoa has lost almost 3/4 of indigenous forest since the arrival of humans.

68% of ecosystems are threatened

Loss of habitat in NZ has meant that now 68% of indigenous ecosystems are threatened.

90% of lowland* areas un-swimmable

This is due to contamination, which has increased greatly due to intensified dairy farming.
*pastoral/urban

Benefits of Riparian Planting:

1. Habitats for threatened species

Creates a habitat for many threatened native bird and fish species.

2. Helps to filter
pollutants

Helps to filter pollutants and sediments from agricultural and urban run-off.

3. Helps to prevents erosion & flooding

Stabilises stream banks from erosion and reduces flooding effects by acting as a sponge.

Thanks for helping us make a difference! If you want to get even more involved by volunteering with the tree planting, Million Metres would love to hear from you. Email: info@millionmetres.org.nz