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

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.


The project is set to take place next year with assistance from local schools, Waikato businesses and members of the public.


A metre of restoration costs $125 and the money raised so far will be used to buy plants and keep weeds under control after planting.


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. 


Berry producing trees like karamu, mahoe and makomako will be included and when they are established, they are set to encourage birdlife back into the area.


The birds will help to spread seeds to waterways and lakes nearby.


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 to www.millionmetres.org.nz and search 'projects' for Te Onetea Stream.

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