RIVERS – In Christchurch? Support the restoration of a local river

26 July 2016

The Sustainable Business Network’s Million Metres project is crowdfunding to restore a tributary of the Ōtākaro-Avon River. You can help make this happen.

Million Metres has teamed up with the Avon-Ōtākaro Network and Sustainable Coastlines to crowdfund the planting of 2000 native plants at Anzac Drive Reserve in Christchurch.

This is part of the Mahinga Kai Exemplar project led by Ngāi Tahu and the Avon-Ōtākaro Network. The project is designed as a best practice example for Christchurch’s red zone. The aim is to restore a thriving native ecosystem in this area badly damaged by the Christchurch earthquakes. The project incorporates best practice ecological restoration with Mātauranga Māori and education outreach at local schools.

There are just two weeks left to meet the crowdfunding goal of $16,600. We are 50% of the way there, with another $8000 left to crowdfund. The great news has just come in that we can match any donation made up to a total of $2000 in match funding. That means for every metre of planting donated we can actually plant two.

Georgina Hart, Project Lead for Million Metres says “we have the opportunity to make a difference for water quality in New Zealand with this project. Working together we can restore native ecosystems around our waterways, protecting native species and water quality. Let’s all get behind this now and clean up.”

If you live or work in the Christchurch area you can also get hands on with the project. We’re planting this Saturday. See the Million Metres Facebook page for details about the planting day.

Click the link to find out more about this project or get in touch with georgina@sustainable.org.nz