Doing Good at Silver Stream

A group of volunteers from NZI Insurance rolled up their sleeves and joined the Waimakariri District Council at Silver Stream on Friday 20 October to do their bit for the Million Metres Streams Project.

NZI Insurance Team at Silver Stream Planting DayThe Million Metres project is a commitment by the Sustainable Business Network and its partners to accelerate riparian restoration activity for New Zealand’s declining waterways. The platform has so far crowdfunded 21 planting projects across New Zealand, with Silver Stream being one of them. 

Council’s Greenspace Community Engagement Officer Dan Cameron says “The Million Metres project provides an opportunity for the community and businesses to ‘do good’ by donating towards projects and getting involved at planting events. The NZI team donated $2,500 and put 250 plants in the ground. Everyone had a great day out".  

“The goal for us is to plant the entire length of the Silver Stream which runs through the reserve. Anyone can fund a metre or more of streambank. Funds raised will go towards site prep, plants, contractors if needed, stakes and weed guards. Every little bit will help” says Dan.

To complete the full 350m restoration project, a total of $24,500 needs to be raised. Over $11,000 has so far been raised resulting in 159m of planting on the ground.

The Silver Stream Restoration Project aims to restore one of the amazing waterways in our region, renowned for its clear, spring-fed waters. Since 2006 volunteers from the Silverstream Advisory Group have completed restoration projects in the reserve.

To donate or learn more about this project, visit Million Metres Streams Project