Plant­ing in need of funds

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A crowd-fund­ing cam­paign is in its fi­nal few days with aims or reach­ing the $25,000 needed for a ma­jor plant­ing project near Ran­giriri.

More than $18,000 has al­ready been raised to plant na­tive trees along the Te Onetea Stream.

And the Mil­lion Me­tres Streams Project is hop­ing the cam­paign - which closes on Fri­day - will help reach the over­all tar­get.

Te Onetea Stream is part of the Waikato River Catch­ment lo­cated near Ran­giriri vil­lage. It links the Waikato River to Lake Waikare.

Waikato RiverCare set the goal to have more than 2000 na­tive plants along 200 me­tres of the stream which is set to take place next year.

Pest plants will be re­moved and nine dif­fer­ent types of na­tive plants and trees have been cho­sen that are well suited to the eco­log­i­cal niches that oc­cur along the stream.

Raglan Co­conut Yo­ghurt has been rais­ing money for the project through sales of its Big Yoghi jars.

Founders Late­sha Ran­dall and Seb Walter are do­nat­ing 50 cents for ev­ery jar sold in March, June and Septem­ber to the plant­ing ef­fort.

Op­er­a­tions man­ager at Waikato RiverCare Kevin Hutchin­son was stunned by the sup­port.

‘‘Waikato RiverCare’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee has been ‘blown away’ by the gen­eros­ity of in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses get­ting be­hind this project with spon­sor­ship and shar­ing the project story with fam­ily, friends and as­so­ciates.’’

To do­nate, go to­lion­ and search ‘projects’ for Te Onetea Stream.

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