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Speights is excited to announce huge support for a new green initiative, taking care of Otagos waterways

The brewery is doing its bit for the environment by contributing $120,000 to the Million Metres project, which plans to plant a million metres of native plants and trees along Otagos rivers, lakes and streams.

An initiative of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), Million Metres is an online fundraising platform focused on restoring the banks of New Zealand waterways. Speights will be the first major brand donor for the initiative, supporting planting efforts starting in the Upper Clutha Catchment (Wanaka) down to Speights local home town of Dunedin.

Speights has strong roots in the beautiful Otago region, dating back to 1876, says Speights brand manager Geoffrey Kidd. Its always been important to us that we give back to the land we call home, and the resources we rely on. Through our Speights Fund we have been supporting smaller initiatives across the region for 10 years, but this partnership allows us to focus our efforts to grow the funds impact and give the whole nation the chance to get behind us in the process.

Georgina Hart, Million Metres lead at SBN, says, This partnership is an exciting opportunity to make a positive, lasting impact on the health of Otagos waterways. The Otago region is known across New Zealand, and indeed around the world, for its beautiful lakes and rivers. Its fantastic that Speights recognises the importance of these waterways and wants to help protect them so theyll be here for New Zealanders to enjoy for generations to come.

Hart adds: As a crowdfunding initiative, having the support of Speights means that every dollar contributed is doubled. So with support from Kiwis, Speights support of $120,000 could turn into $240,000.

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

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Visitors to the Speights Brewery in Dunedin will also be able to donate to the cause when they go on a brewery tour or take fresh water from the Speights Tap. The Tap gives passers by the chance to fill up their bottles from the fresh water spring sitting underneath the brewery. The tap is koha based and over one million litres of water is taken each year with around $3000 a year in donations. Speights will be asking people to up the stakes to 10 cents for every litre they take this year, to try and reach $100,000 in funds to make an even greater positive impact on the regions waterways.

To donate directly and help protect our waterways for generations to come, join the journey

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