Award winners

Meet the 16 winners of the 2017 Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Awards.

Education Business Community Land management Dairy farming

Environmental action in education

Woodleigh School - for inspiring students through environmental education and action.

Woodleigh School.

Students at all levels are actively learning about and caring for their environment at Woodleigh School. They interact and learn about the environment through field trips and in the outdoor classroom and vegetable garden at their school. Parents and the wider community are involved with outdoor learning activities and students are encouraged to discuss environmental issues with people outside the school. 

Hawera Christian School Habitat Heroes - for fostering environmental learning and stewardship in partnership with Nowell’s Lakes Walkway Trust.

Hawera Christian School Habitat Heroes.

Hawera Christian School’s Habitat Heroes work with the Nowell’s Lakes Walkway Trust to care for and develop the walkway and wetlands. The small group of students works with the Trust on an exciting monthly environmental project or lesson.  They also have a shade house where they care for seedlings and native plants for the Trust. Other projects include building bird houses, wildlife observation and planting. 

Para Kore ki Taranaki - for encouraging marae, events and education providers to reduce waste by recycling and composting.

Para Kore ki Taranaki.

Since 2013, Para Kore (‘zero waste’) have worked with 22 marae in Taranaki, five education providers and organisers of events such as the Taranaki Toa triathlon series. Para Kore helps organisations and their whānau understand the need to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill, and provides systems and resources which can be delivered in Te Reo. Participants are now diverting around 80% of waste.

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Te taiao me te pākihi – Environmental leadership in business

Julie Harkness - for introducing a programme to reduce and recycle waste at Southern Cross Hospital New Plymouth.

Julie Harkness (Southern Cross Hospital).

Julie has introduced a system of bins at key points in the hospital, for recycling cardboard, paper, plastics, glass, batteries and appropriate medical products such as compression sleeves. Staff readily engaged with the programme and the recycling ‘buzz’ quickly spread. The successful programme is firmly established, is supported by management and is continuously improved.

Trustpower Ltd Taranaki Generation - for trapping and successfully transferring migrating native fish and increasing biodiversity in the headwaters of the Patea catchment.

Trustpower Ltd Taranaki Generation.

Trustpower staff trap and transfer migrating native fish from the base of the Patea power station to the headwaters above Lake Rotorangi. Without assistance, migrating native fish cannot swim upstream past the dam. Around one and a half million young longfin and shortfin eels and 13,000 juvenile whitebait were successfully transferred in the year to June 2016. Staff are extremely committed to the programme. 

Double R Taranaki Ltd - for reducing energy and water consumption and positive environmental management.

Double R Taranaki Ltd.

Sue Okey and Graeme Parkinson have focused on improving the energy efficiency and environmental management of their five-hectare Lepperton chicken farm. In 2016, they installed a 53-kilowatt solar power generation system to significantly reduce energy demand, while a rainwater collection, storage and filtration system provides water for washing down the chicken sheds. Wastewater is stored in sumps and irrigated to land by a slurry tanker.

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Environmental action in the community

Native Forest Restoration Trust - for restoration and permanent guardianship of native forest habitats.

Native Forest Restoration Trust.

The Native Forest Restoration Trust has secured the future of two valuable native bush and wetland blocks in Taranakiand is collaborating with other agencies to protect and enhance their biodiversity. The Omoana Bush, in eastern Taranaki, is 550 hectares of original and regenerating native forest, and retired grazing land. The 134-hectare Taranaki Mahood-Lowe Reserve south of Egmont Village is a valuable example of a regionally rare forest wetland adjacent to Egmont National Park.

Jenny Kerrisk - for coordinating the volunteer programme to restore and protect native biodiversity at Rotokare Scenic Reserve.

Jenny Kerrisk (Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve).

The stunning 230-hectare Rotokare Scenic Reserve is a nationally important pest-free sanctuary whose status rests on a massive contribution of volunteers. For the past eight years, Jenny has volunteered to coordinate the volunteers, who collectively give more than 9,000 hours each year checking traps, monitoring, maintaining the fence and walkways, and other tasks. Jenny also manages communications, events and working bees. 

Allen Stancliff - for individual advocacy and action to protect and enhance Taranaki’s environment and native biodiversity.

Allen Stancliff.

For 27 years, Allen Stancliff has worked widely with landowners, QEII Trust, Department of Conservation, district and regional councils, to help bring about progressive improvement in freshwater management in Taranaki. Allen has advised on and been involved in many projects in his roles as Field Officer for Taranaki Fish and Game, trustee for the Taranaki Tree Trust and foundation member of the Taranaki Biodiversity Trust.

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Environmental leadership in land management

Wayne and Michelle Berridge - for environmental stewardship, including riparian, wetland and native habitat enhancement.

Wayne and Michelle Berridge.

Wayne and Michelle Berridge are committed to protecting and enhancing water quality and restoring native habitats on their 59-hectare drystock farm near Omata. Since 2011, they’ve fully protected their waterways and wetlands with 4.8 kilometres of new riparian fencing and 4.5 kilometres of planting.Two native bush blocks and a wetland are key native ecosystems now protected by QEII Covenant, and the Berridges are controlling plant and animal pests.

Putere Farm Trust - for environmental stewardship, sustainable land management and native habitat restoration.

Putere Farm Trust (Sandra and Duncan Blue).

Sandra and Duncan Blue are committed to enhancing their environment and restoring native habitat on their 352-hectare sheep and beef farm at Huiakama. They have planted poplar and willow poles to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and provide shade for stock, and created a QEII-protected wetland which is now home to rare native dabchicks and potentially spotless crake. They are strong advocates for biodiversity enhancement, and host interested groups.

Chris Jury and Daniela Krumm - for environmental stewardship, including farm shelter, and riparian and wetland enhancement.

Chris Jury and Daniela Krumm.

Chris Jury and Daniela Krumm have created an organic self-sufficient lifestyle on their 52-hectare drystock and horticulture farm at Tikorangi. They run intensive rotational grazing for wintering ewes and their replacements. Sheep also graze the extensive orchards, and shelterbelts provide edible foliage. Chris and Daniela have fenced and planted stream margins, native shelter belts and hillsides, fenced bush areas and created wetlands.

Holly Johnson and Simon Bailey - for environmental stewardship, including restoring and protecting native habitats.

Holly Johnson and Simon Bailey.

Holly Johnson and Simon Bailey are protecting and restoring the native habitats on their 35-hectare bush property, bordering Egmont National Park near Okato. A QEII covenant covers the property, retired pasture is regenerating to bush, and Holly has been growing and planting native seedlings eco-sourced from the property. Plant and animal pests are controlled and Holly helps monitor the native fish in the Katikara Stream running through the property.

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Environmental leadership in dairy farming

Ray and Pauline Willy - for environmental stewardship, including riparian, wetland and native habitat enhancement.

Ray and Pauline Willy.

Ray and Pauline Willy are passionate about sustainably farming their 98-hectare dairy farm at Rawhitiroa. A 1.8-hectare wetland on the property is a rare natural habitat for native mudfish, and is fenced and protected with a QEII covenant. They’re also controlling pest plants and animals, and doing restoration planting. All 12.5 kilometres of streams and drains are fenced. All streams are planted and drains are being planted.

DP and JH Roper Family Trusts Partnership - for environmental stewardship, including riparian, wetland and native habitat enhancement.

DP and JH Roper Family Trusts Partnership.

The Ropers are committed to protecting and enhancing the environment and restoring native habitats on their 170-hectare Alton dairy farm. All waterways are fully fenced and the margins are being planted. They are controlling animal and plant pests and doing restoration planting in a two-hectare bush block, which is a key native ecosystem. Water savng systems have been implemented in the dairy shed and the effluent management system has recently been upgraded, with further improvement planned.

Ian Sharpe - for environmental stewardship, including riparian and native habitat enhancement.

Ian Sharpe.

Ian Sharpe’s motivation has always been to sustainably farm his 68-hectare low-input dairy farm on Lincoln Road near Inglewood, where he has fenced the waterways and planted along the many small streams every year since 2006, totalling more than 2,600 plants along 2km of streambanks. Trees are also planted as a food source for birds and bees. Ian plans to protect and restore a four-hectare native forest, a wetland and a retired gully. Video profile

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