WATER – Success in Christchurch for new native planting

9 August 2016

This winter the Avon-Ōtākaro Network and Sustainable Coastlines teamed up with Million Metres to crowdfund the planting of more than 2000 native plants at the Anzac Drive Reserve beside badly affected red zone land in Christchurch.

Ōtākaro-Avon Network’s crowdfunding campaign overshot its goal this week to close at $16890, which covers the cost of planting 680 metres of stream with native plants. The final push for the campaign saw Sustainable Coastlines organise two planting days at the end of July. The two days were attended by more than 250 school students and more than 100 local volunteers and a number of corporate groups. Collectively they planted the seedling forest.

A highlight of the planting days was the support of Kiwi music legends ‘Shapeshifter’. Nick Robinson from Shapeshifter grew up in the area and said:

“This is hugely important to the area. Its rejuvenating what was once native grasslands and wetlands. It does so much to the environment and the ecosystem all the way down the estuary. And who knows, soon we’ll be eating food out of here again.”

Georgi Hart, project lead for Million Metres, said: “This has been a delight to work on. It’s an incredibly satisfying feeling to plant a new forest and groups involved are so committed to the success of this project. It’s an inspiration.”

If you’re interested in crowdfunding for your local stream, contact georgina@sustainable.org.nz for more information.

Would you like to support Million Metres or find out more? Go to millionmetres.org.nz or check out the Million Metres Facebook page, which also lists planting days you can get involved in.