Environment Minister Amy Adams announced yesterday (5 June) that Moehau Environment Group won the Green Ribbon Awards ‘Protecting Our Biodiversity’ Category.

The award was presented to Lettecia Williams and Wayne Todd  at a ceremony hosted by Ms Adams at Parliament last night. A further eleven Green Ribbon Awards category winners from around the country were also announced, alongside a Supreme Award which went to Villa Maria Estate.

“It’s a huge honour to be nationally recognized for our work, and we all feel really proud” says the group’s Chairperson, Lettecia.

The Green Ribbon Awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by organisations, businesses and communities to protecting and enhancing New Zealand’s environment, Ms Adams says.

The awards had more than 280 entries this year, an increase of 68 on last year, which shows that more New Zealanders are taking action to improve the environment. The two other finalists in the ‘Protecting Our Biodiversity’ category were Project Crimson and Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park Partnership – Tui 2000.

The finalists covered areas such as improving water and air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste, and boosting biodiversity by protecting coasts and oceans.