Congratulations to the 2016 Green Ribbon Award winners

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Now in their 26th year, the Green Ribbon Awards recognise exceptional environmental achievements by individuals and organisations around New Zealand. 

The Green Ribbon Awards continue to demonstrate the incredible commitment many New Zealanders, as individuals and organisations, have to their environment.

About 110 nominations were received across the various categories, and they showcased some absolutely amazing work happening around the country. New Zealanders continue to bring the energy, passion and innovation that they’re known for to this area of their lives, and we’re all better off for it.

Te Whangai Trust from Waikato has today been announced as the Supreme Winner of the 2016 Green Ribbon Awards.

Te Whangai Trust’s community biodiversity project has changed people’s lives and made huge environmental strides in the Waikato, teaching people skills while caring for the natural environment.

They’ve provided 500,000 native plants, education, advisory skills and over 156,000 volunteer hours each year. They have restored ecosystems, wildlife corridors and waterways. Participants developed skills and future employment prospects through the project, and a real sense of pride, accomplishment and giving back to their community.

The full list of category winners is:

Community leadership and Supreme winner: Te Whangai Trust – Community Biodiversity (Waikato)

Business leadership: Air New Zealand – Sustainability Programme

Leadership in communication and education: St Cuthbert’s College – Kahunui remote campus sustainable programme for students (Auckland)

Kaitiaki leadership: Ian Tarei – Omataroa Rangitaiki No2 Charitable Trust Kiwi project (Bay of Plenty)

Philanthropy and partnership: WWF New Zealand and NZ Landcare Trust – Reconnecting Northland ecological restoration programme (Northland)

Protecting our biodiversity: Uawanui Project Governance Group – Uawanui Project collaborative catchment management project (Tolaga Bay)

Resilience to climate change: Countdown – Carbon Emissions Reduction Programme

Minimising our waste: Foodstuffs NZ – Recyclable butchery trays

Caring for our water: Waikato RiverCare Incorporated – Riparian restoration of Waikato river and environs (Waikato)

For more information on the Award winners and finalists please visit the Ministry for the Environment website