Cycling a Million Metres to help restore the northern Wairoa river

By Fiona Stephenson

We are a group of excited supporters of Aotearoa and our beautiful waterways. Our mission is to complete a “Million Metres Ride” in the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge in November. As a team, we’d like to collectively cycle a Million Metres around Lake Taupo.

The team cycling one million metres to help restore the Northern Wairoa river is: Ethan, Sam, Jenny, Daimen, Alex, James, Dalong, Cory and Frikkie. We bring varying levels of riding ability to our mission, but what we don’t have in athleticism, we more than make up for in enthusiasm and motivation to raise support and funding for the protection of our environment.

Any donation to our page, big or small, will push us harder to complete our goal and help restore our clean, green Aotearoa. All donations will go towards restoring the Northern Wairoa River and its catchment!

The Northern Wairoa River flows into the Kaipara Harbour – a national taonga with some of the rarest ecosystems in NZ. It is the longest river in the Northland region. Historic deforestation, unfenced streams and rivers, and the draining of wetlands have all led to erosion issues and high levels of sediment and contamination in the Northern Wairoa River and the Kaipara harbour.

Planting native trees and plants along streams, rivers and wetlands in the catchment will help to hold back sediment. When the trees grow in they will provide habitat for native birds.

At $4 per planted metre, we’re hoping to raise $4,000 so we can help plant 1,000 metres. You can help us smash our goal!

If you are keen to make a larger donation, don’t worry, the good folks at Million Metres can help you out: contact [email protected]


*Million Metres is an online fundraising platform. We raise money for restoring the banks of New Zealand’s waterways. Our goal is to raise funds to plant one million metres of waterways with native plants and trees. This initiative is led by the Sustainable Business Network, in partnership with the Department of Conservation.