About this work
Our vision is for a future in which Aotearoa’s waterways are restored as vital havens for wildlife. Where it is once again normal to swim in them and drink from them.
We broker business and philanthropic partnerships to support locally-led waterway restoration projects.
Our waterways are in crisis
- 82% of river length in pastoral farming areas is not suitable for swimming
- 94% of river length in urban areas is not suitable for swimming
- 76% of our native freshwater fish species are threatened with extinction
- 90% of New Zealand’s historic wetlands have been destroyed to make way for development and agriculture
Why plant native trees?
Planting native trees and plants helps to stabilise the banks of waterways and reduces erosion. It helps filter pollutants from agriculture, industry, housing and roads. As the trees grow tall, they shade the waterway, cooling the water for fish. Plants and trees provide habitat and food for native birds, lizards, insects. They sequester carbon dioxide helping to tackle climate change.