Planting days around the Gulf with Million Metres

By Anne Gummer

Million Metres works with community groups and landowners to support and accelerate action for waterway restoration. We are currently fundraising for 3 projects that are part of GulfX. Restoring these local waterways  in turn helps protect and restore the waters of the Hauraki Gulf. We’d love your support!

Omaru Stream, Glen Innes

Omaru stream feeds into the Tāmaki Estuary which in turn flows out into the Hauraki Gulf. Like many urban waterways Omaru Stream has been badly affected by land clearance, and residential and industrial development. The community have been working for a number of years to restore the stream. Help the Omaru Stream project get another 5000 plants in the ground this winter.

Rangihoua Wetland, Waiheke Island

Over the years wetlands have been dumped in, drained and filled to make way for development and agriculture. Today, only 10% of New Zealand’s historic wetlands remain. Rangihoua wetland is home to many rare bird, fish and plant species. It is also the historic landing place of the Te Arawa waka. Support the Rangihoua project’s vision of restoring a wetland oasis of manuka, kanuka, totara, puriri, kowhai and harakeke.

Waitekuri Wetland, Coromandel

This project aims to demonstrate how to successfully turn wet areas of often unproductive farmland into healthy wetland habitat. And show how water quality and sediment issues can be addressed at the same time. Find out more and support the restoration of Waitekuri Wetland.

And you can also come out planting with us! Check out these opportunites to come to a planting day on a waterway that flows into the Gulf:

Wairoa River, ClevedonCommunity Planting Day May 26

Omaru Stream, Glen InnesCommunity Planting Day June 15

Keep an eye on our Facebook page, we update it regularly with new planting opportunities.