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Million Meters Streams Project

Yuasa Batteries is proud to announce its continued support of the Million Meters streams project in NZ. This partnership is a great tie for Yuasa to continually promote our corporate stewardship to the sustainability of New Zealand’s environment.

About Million Metres
 
The Million Metres Streams Project is a non-profit project set up to restore the health of New Zealand waterways. Currently:
 

  • 44% of New Zealand’s monitored lakes are so polluted virtually nothing can survive in them;
  • 62% of lowland rivers are so polluted with pathogens its unsafe to swim in them;
  • 74% of freshwater fish species are now classified as ‘threatened’.  
    One solution to help is to plant the banks of New Zealand’s waterways (riparian planting). Freshwater scientists agree that riparian planting is vital to the health of freshwater ecosystems. Plants filter toxic runoff, prevent sediment washing into water, and cool the water by shading it, so aquatic creatures can survive.

Yuasa Batteries Contribution

Our contribution in 2016 was over $12,000 and will go towards two stream planting projects:

First is the Horseshoe Lake Restoration in Mangarara, Hawkes Bay. 

This project has received a donation from CYB of more than $4,500 and will go towards an additional 550 metres of planting around the lake, which is due to be completed by the end of winter 2017.   With the donation from Yuasa this project is now fully funded.  The Hart family who are the owners of the land are looking forward to seeing their dream of the lake surrounded by lush native forest, alive with all manner of waterfowl come to fruition.

The second stream planting project is the Rosebank Peninsula Restoration, West Auckland.
 
This project is a 5-10 year restoration and one the biggest project Million Meters has to work on.
 
The first step in the restoration project is to plant 530 meters long, a total area of 9860m2 in an area that stretches along a coastal reserve that sits between the Rosebank Business District and Ara Patiki Bay.  Yuasa's donation of over $8,200 will go towards a total of 36meters of planting around this area.
 
Over time this project will transform this area into a beautiful coastal fringe with native bush that will bring back native wildlife, improve water quality and reduce pollution.
 
To see more information on these projects visit the following websites:

http://millionmetres.org.nz/stories/rejuvenating-horseshoe-lake  
  
http://millionmetres.org.nz/open-project/restoring-rosebank-peninsula   

Moving forward Yuasa will continue to leverage the sponsorship to promote the company’s investment in the sustainability of New Zealand’s environment.
 
Along with looking at opportunities to further promote initiatives like this and how we can tie it into existing programs such as the battery recycling program.