Manawatu Rangitikei Conservation Awards
Conservation Awards are presented during Conservation Week as an opportunity to celebrate those who work tirelessly to protect and cherish the natural heritage of the Manawatu Rangitikei area.
The presentation of these awards is an opportunity for the Department of Conservation to recognise the valuable contribution that businesses, individuals and organisations make to conservation. It's also an opportunity to raise the profile of what is being done in the community and to provide inspiration to others.
Usually, two awards are presented each year - one to an organisation, business or club and one to an individual.
The 2012 Conservation Award winners have shown absolute dedication to the protection of New Zealand's native wildlife.
2012 organisation award winner
The New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre, based at Massey University's Palmerston North campus, receive an award for their long-term commitment to caring for injured wildlife. In particular, we appreciate their quick and comprehensive response to the wildlife crisis created by the grounding of the ship Rena in 2011.
2012 Individual award winner
Dedicated stoat-stopper Janet Wilson receives an award for her on-going commitment to protecting wildlife by reducing predation from stoats across several projects, most notably rescuing the Oroua Blue Duck Protection Project from extinction in 2011.
Dedicated "stoatie" Janet Wilson installing a new self-setting trap in the Pohangina River
Nominations for Manawatu Rangitikei regional Conservation Awards are open to the public and can be made at any time. To make a nomination or find out more, contact: