Introduction

There is no shortage of local heroes doing their bit for conservation in Canterbury and now is the time for them to receive recognition for their efforts.

Date:  29 May 2009

There is no shortage of local heroes doing their bit for conservation in Canterbury and now is the time for them to receive recognition for their efforts.

The Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board invites nominations of conservation projects for their 2009 Conservation Awards. These awards recognise the hard work and dedication of both groups and individuals involved with conservation projects. Projects should show effective and efficient management of significant indigenous habitat or historic heritage within the Canterbury Conservancy. People can nominate themselves or the groups or nominate others.

Previous winners include projects protecting critically endangered kakī/black stilt, predator control  at Arthur’s Pass to protect kiwi and whio habitat and the restoration of historic buildings.

The awards presentation will take place during Conservation Week 13-20 September. This year’s theme for Conservation Week is ‘Get involved—Kia Mahia te Mahi’ and, alongside the awards, the week will provide an opportunity to recognise those who go that extra mile for conservation.

The award winner will receive ‘Te Waka o Aoraki’, a trophy with carving that represents Ngäi Tahu history and whakapapa, and the links between people and the natural world.

The awards were initiated by the Aoraki Conservation Board in 1996, and the inaugural award presentation took place at Arowhenua Marae. Since the amalgamation of the Aoraki and Canterbury Conservation Boards in 1999, the awards have continued as an annual event.

Award nominations must be with the Board Support Officer, Brenda Preston, by 30 June 2009. 

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