May 24, 2020
Te Arawa lake plan top in class
Te Arawa Lakes Trust has won the supreme award for in the New Zealand Planning Institute awards for its stewardship to the Rotorua lakes.
It also won the Nancy Northcroft award for its cultural values framework and environmental plan.
Judges praised its creativity and innovation as well as its best practice processes in projects like waterways restoration, its lakes cultural health index, aquatic weed management and the Catfish Killas programme.
The trust’s environmental planner, Elva Conroy, says the supreme award is welcome recognition of the values-based approach the trust takes to its mahi on behalf of iwi, and it’s a reminder of how decisions made today will support its people and environment for generations to come.
Trust chair Sir Toby Curtis says the framework was developed to ensure Te Arawa lakes are managed and restored with a ‘cultural lens’, alongside science and technology.
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