June 09, 2017
Iwi drive clean up efforts
A river clean up project involving the Mahia Maori Committee, marae, landowners, local authorities, several marae, the Department of Conservation, a forestry company, and Mahia School has won the supreme prize at this year’s Green Ribbon Awards.
Since 2011 the Whangawehi Catchment Group has improved water quality on the Whangawehi River by 15 percent, the the only river in Hawke's Bay improving at that level.
Hawke's Bay Regional Council chair Rex Graham says it has harnessed the energy of hundreds of volunteers from across the region and the world who have helped with planting along the river and in the catchment.
The kaitiaki category was won by Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngati Kahu for its efforts to protect and restore Lake Waiporohita on the Karikari Peninsula in the far north.
The philanthropy and partnership award was won by Taranaki Mounga for the way it has brought together the Taranaki Iwi Chairs Forum, philanthropic investor NEXT Foundation, the Department of Conservation and a range of sponsors to bring the mountain and national park back to life – He Kawa Ora.
The awards were presented in parliament last night.
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