The Million Metres Streams Project (MMS) has upgraded its website, thus streamlining the donations process for riparian waterway planting. The crowdfunding website aims to plant a million metres of New Zealand’s waterways.
MillionMetres.org.nz emphasises the work being done by community led projects, providing them with a method of funding plants so they can speed up and scale up their restorations.
The platform allows for personal and corporate donations to be distributed across a number of projects with only a limited time period to reach the funding goal of a given project.
The website has already funded over 4077 metres of planting and currently has three projects available for funding.
Claire Warren, Communications Manager for Million Metres Streams says, “The project is an easy and exciting way for all New Zealanders to get involved in improving waterway health.
“The recent website improvements mean we can now list and fund many riparian projects at once, so every New Zealand region can be represented.”
“These projects are looking for donors,” says Claire, “and anyone can make a donation on the website and make a difference to the health of our waterways.”
Wellington City Council is one Field Partner of MMS, providing a proactive response to turn Wellington into an eco-city. The council, winners of the NZI Sustainable Business Network award for Renewable Innovations, supports over 100 community groups in restoring and protecting open spaces while also managing 300 parks across the Wellington region.
Projects available for funding are:
- Whangawehi Catchment Management Group – the two projects on the Mahia Peninsula are the Taharoa/ Grandy Lake Forest project and the Pongaroa project. Once completed these projects will restore freshwater fisheries the kaimoana beds at sea. Funding closes on 31 August 2015.
- Belmont Stream – a tributary of Porirua Stream- is one of the few remaining natural lowland streams in Wellington. The riparian planting will provide shelter and shade for native species.
For more information about these projects click here.