The Ministry for the Environment applauded community leadership and a passion to clean up waterways, as it congratulated the Tasman River Recovery Project for winning the River Story Award at the NZ River Awards last night.
The Ministry-sponsored (MfE) award was presented on Thursday evening at a ceremony run by the Cawthron Institute. The River Story Award celebrates individuals or communities working to improve river health.
The Tasman River Recovery Project was recognised for its efforts to restore and protect the river, which flows from the famous Tasman Glacier into Lake Pukaki in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
MfE Deputy Secretary Anne Haira said the project is a great example of individuals, communities and organisations banding together to recognise environmental issues and working collectively to make positive changes.
“New Zealanders care deeply about protecting the environment, and the Tasman River Recovery Project must be congratulated for taking a leadership role. The project embodies a community spirit, and the Ministry applauds the collective can-do attitude to try and keep New Zealand rivers healthy,” said Ms Haira.