Speights has partnered with sustainable initiative, Million Metres to help clean up Otago’s waterways. The partnership will see Speights donate $120,000 over the next three years to help support planting efforts from the Upper Clutha Catchment to Dunedin.

Geoffrey Kidd, Speight’s brand manager, said that it was important to the company to give back to its local community. “It’s always been important to us that we give back to the land we call home, and the resources we rely on. Through our Speight’s Fund, we have been supporting smaller initiatives across the region for ten years, but this partnership allows us to focus our efforts to grow the fund’s impact and give the whole nation the chance to get behind us in the process.”

An initiative of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), Million Metres is an online fundraising platform focused on restoring the banks of New Zealand waterways. “This partnership is an exciting opportunity to make a positive, lasting impact on the health of Otago’s waterways. The Otago region is known across New Zealand, and indeed around the world, for its beautiful lakes and rivers. It’s fantastic that Speight’s recognises the importance of these waterways and wants to help protect them so they’ll be here for New Zealanders to enjoy for generations to come,” said Georgina Hart, Million Metres lead at SBN.

Alongside Speight’s funding, there will be planting days for anyone that wants to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty with the Speight’s team.