Restoring our waterways

Luke Parker
Restoring our waterways

Riverbanks in the Manawatu are set to receive approximately 2,500 trees from Westpac through a national campaign to help protect and restore waterways through riparian planting.

The Million Metres Streams Project is a not-for-profit initiative run by the Sustainable Business Network with the objective to plant a million metres of waterways across New Zealand.

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While recently at the Central Districts Field Days in Feilding, Westpac CEO David McLean announced the bank was getting behind the great cause providing $10,000 to buy plants for a stream in Waituna West, which feeds in to the Kiwitea River – a tributary of the Oroua River in the Manawatu.

Westpac CEO David McLean and other staff planting at Waituna West in Manawatu

Westpac's Andrew Twidle (left), Karen Silk, and CEO David McLean planting at Waituna West in the Manawatu

“We wanted to be part of the Million Metres Streams project because we believe that innovation and collaboration with individuals, community and organisations are key to solving some of the most pressing issues that we face today.”

David said Westpac prides itself on being a leader in sustainable business practices and managing its environmental footprint.

“For us, this means tackling the long-term challenges facing our customers, our business and the country as a whole and helping develop solutions that contribute to a stronger New Zealand.

While down in the Manawatu, David, along with other Westpac staff and the owners of the Waituna West farm got stuck into planting the first lot of trees.

Million Metres Streams is crowd funded and completely collaborative. Absolutely anyone can get online and donate to help buy trees for one of the projects underway.

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