Sponsored by Milligan Seeds and the Department of Conservation
Commended - Heddon Bush School
Around nine years ago, Heddon Bush School children decided to take on a restoration project - a one hectare patch of native bush that had been decimated by stock and dominant grass species. Affectionately called the ‘Donut’, the school is able to use this restoration project in their everyday learning and has recently become an Enviroschool. The students have set up an eco-group that is responsible for planning planting days, researching suitable plant species, propagation work, pest and weed control, and monitoring progress. Through their efforts the Donut is now well on the way to recovery. The recent plantings are taking off and the Donut has been fully fenced and protected by a QE 2 covenant.
Sponsored by ANZ
Winner - Ernslaw One Ltd
High up in the
Avondale Forest, forestry company Ernslaw One Ltd is diversifying its business
using areas that are unsuitable for growing trees. It’s created hundreds of
ponds in old fire ponds, frost zones and areas near waterways and power lines
to farm freshwater crayfish. These ponds also act as sediment traps reducing
the amount entering streams. The farming practice doesn’t use any artificial
feeding or chemicals and the crayfish are a good indicator of the environmental
health of the forest. The company has taken sediment reduction to the next
level and it’s dedication to environmental sustainability and protection of the
local ecosystems is impressive.
Commended - Fulton Hogan ROSE
Fulton Hogan Southland offer a service for the collection of used oil, promoting the recovery and reuse of this waste product and minimising illegal discharges to the environment. The Recycling Oil Saves the Environment scheme (ROSE) has been set up to provide a sustainable end use for waste oil products and the company uses collected oil as a burner fuel in their asphalt making process.
by the Invercargill Licensing Trust
Winner - Stewart Island/Rakiura Community & Environment Trust
Stewart Island/Rakiura Community and Environment Trust is a non-profit
organisation dedicated to improving the environment surrounding Halfmoon
Bay. Formed in 2002, SIRCET's vision is for Tieke/Saddleback to be
resident in their gardens. This is certainly a lofty ambition but SIRCET
feels that achieving this would represent the pinnacle of successful
The groups' main restoration project
involves controlling possums, rats and feral cats on 200 hectares of
private and public land. Judges were very impressed with the groups'
approach and keenness to adopt new technology to make their vision a
The group recently began trialling Good Nature A24 and
A12 traps. The judges saw for themselves the success that these are
going to be for this group.
The trust has also equipped
volunteers with a new way of recording their catches, using their mobile
phones with GIS mapping software called 'Walk the Line' developed by
the Department of Conservation. The software allows volunteers to easily
enter and see their own data and creates an easily accessible resource
for the trust. The trust can now respond to trends and target their
effort more effectively.
Kiwi Aversion training for dogs living
on the Island has been very well received. The trust has purchase an
'e-kiwi' which allows the trainer to replicate the conditions where
local dogs might encounter a kiwi and therefore protect them.
efforts of these dedicated volunteers are certainly paying off with
monitoring showing rat and possum numbers at consistently low levels.
Sustained control has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of
native birds present around the township and allowed reintroductions of
some species to occur.
Sponsored by Forsyth Barr
Winner - Garry Christie
Garry and Angie
Christie run a self-contained 165ha dairy farm at Mokotua. Garry has spent 14
years fencing and restoring Christies Bush - a 13ha block. A recent High Value
Area report shows the undergrowth is recovering well after previously being damaged
by browsing cattle and the block is now alive with the songs of bellbirds,
fantails and kereru. Garry’s dedication to good farming practice is visible
with native shelter belts lining his paddocks, a water fountain aerating the
wetland, and swale areas in his crop paddocks are fenced off to combat nutrient
loss to waterways. The judges were impressed by Garry’s outstanding attitude
and dedication to good management practices.
Commended - Greg Warden
resident Greg Warden doesn’t believe life is about sitting around waiting for
others to do things. Since his retirement he’s been busier than ever and much
of his time is spent giving back to the community. Greg is well known in the
Glengarry area for his efforts; picking up rubbish, pulling weeds and helping
with community activities. He’s also involved with the Omaui Track and is a
quiet and dedicated achiever who is only too happy to put his hand up to help.Commended - Lynley King
Lynley King is the inspirational teacher behind the environmental learnings at Southland Girls’ High School. She has initiated, developed and delivered a highly successful Environment Science course for year 9 and 10 students at the school. Lynley shares her ideas and enthusiasm with other teachers, helping them develop a passion for environmental education and supporting our young people to learn the value of making a difference in the environment.
Community Group Award
Sponsored by New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd
Winner - Omaui Landcare Charitable Trust
Since 2013, the Omaui
Landcare Charitable Trust’s band of volunteers has been waging war on possums,
rats and mustelids in the ICC Omaui Reserve and in 2015 the trust extended
their activities into the adjacent DOC reserve. The dedication of this group
has had a significant impact on this special piece of land, with a reduction in
pest animals and Omaui residents observing an increase in native birds. The
sounds of bellbirds, tuis and fantails echo around the township, with kereru
frequent visitors and even parakeets and kaka have made an appearance. The
Trust intends to continue its activities and is considering extending into the
surrounding areas of the Omaui peninsula.
Commended - Invercargill South Lions
For almost 20 years, Allan McPherson and John Tait from the Invercargill South Lions Club have dedicated their spare time to maintaining and improving the Kew Bush area behind Southland Hospital. The restoration and enhancement of the bush has been a huge achievement, and they have made a significant difference to the bush, removing large numbers of pest plants and animals and planting thousands of native plants.
Commended - Southland Bee Society Inc.
Since an initial meeting in 2013, the Southland Bee Society has grown substantially and is now registered as a charitable trust. It’s making huge inroads into educating people about the value of bees and the significant part they play in our environment. The group sees its role as two-fold – providing support and education for existing and beginner beekeepers and promoting public awareness.
Sponsored by Real Journeys
Winner - Winton Rotary Club
the past four years, the Winton Rotary Club has been working to
construct and enhance the Winton Rotary Trail. The 9km track around
Winton has benefitted from the extensive planting of native trees and
shrubs. Members of the club say this project has been one of their most
rewarding and has been well received by the community. The project is
very much a community effort with plants, funding and 'in kind'
donations all raised locally. The Trail is now protected for future
generations with formal easements from a number of land owners and the
Winton Community Board has taken over the trail as a community asset.
Winner - Pomona Island Charitable Trust
the past ten years the Pomona Island Charitable Trust has been
eradicating pests from Pomona and Rona Islands on Lake Manapouri.
Instead of being disheartened when rats and mice reinvaded in 2012 the
Trust took action, deploying extensive networks of bait stations and
trap sites on both islands. While it's too early to say whether the
pests have been eradicated, monitoring has been at 0% for the last eight
months. Importantly the populations of mohua and robins on Pomona are
thriving and kiwi have been released again onto Rona. In ten years over
400 different volunteers have put in over 12,000 hours work on Pomona
Sponsored by Wynn Williams
Winner - Elya Holdings
is a large 720 hectare specialist grazing unit that aims to minimise
its environmental footprint. Set along the Te Anau–Mossburn Highway,
Craig and Rachael Horrell are very proud of the view they are providing
of farming for the many thousands of tourists that drive past their
farm. They have fenced and planted over 14 kilometres of the Wilderness
Stream, placed QE2 covenants on 40 hectares of native bush, created
shade by planting over 20,000 trees and have constructed seven wetlands
to trap sediment and phosphorus. They are also taking part in a trial
next to the Mararoa River to control weeds and reduce the use and cost
of chemical sprays.
Councillors' Special Award
Sponsored by Environment Southland Councillors
Winner - Pourakino Catchment Group
In March 2014 a small
group of proactive and environmentally aware Pourakino farmers wanted to take
some action in response to reports of declining water quality and proposed
regulations. They formed the Pourakino
Catchment Group and in just two years the group has made some significant
progress. They have held several field days and workshops and over 85% of farms
in the catchment have a farm plan. These actions have helped improve knowledge
of good practice around nutrient and land management and are going a long way
to developing community interest and community solutions to issues.
Watch the video below to hear all our nominees speak about their projects.
|Heddon Bush School|
|Southland Girls High School|
|Ernslaw One Ltd|
|Fulton Hogan – ROSE|
|Southern Humates/Sinclair Contracting Ltd|
|Steve Butler/Dark Skies |
|Invercargill South Lions|
|Omaui Landcare Charitable Trust|
|Pourakino Catchment Group|
|Fulton Hogan – Quarry|
|Gay and Ron Munro|
|Pomona Island Charitable Trust|
|Winton Rotary Club|
|Jaimee and George McMeeken|