More than 50,000 native plants and trees have been planted along waterways across nine New Zealand regions since June as part of Sustainable Coastlines and ANZ’s Love Your Water Tour.
The ANZ Love Your Water Tour has visited 17 reserves from Whangarei to Christchurch and the West Coast in need of ecological restoration. More than 3,000 enthusiastic Kiwi planters have been involved.
The final stop on the 10-region tour will be at the Trimdon Reserve in Manukau on Thursday, 26 September where volunteers hope to plant almost 7,000 trees.
Sam Judd, Co-Founder of Sustainable Coastlines, says cleaning up waterways is imperative for preserving New Zealand’s water quality and is asking locals to join the group for the Tour’s last event.
“Cleaning up our waterways is an immense challenge and it’s an issue that affects everyone in our country,” says Sam Judd.
“Tree planting is one of the best and cheapest forms of addressing climate change. Our climate needs serious attention and it’s great to see Kiwis taking action through planting trees with us or on their own, and recently with the climate change strikes.”
The ANZ Love Your Water Tour aims to help reduce local pollution by planting trees and flaxes to soak up runoff, controlling erosion by stabilising river banks, creating habitat for improving native biodiversity, and helps remove pollution from the atmosphere.