Nominations open for 25th annual Green Ribbon Awards

Date:  05 March 2015

The Green Ribbon Awards, which honour New Zealand's environmental leaders, will be a joint endeavour for the first time between the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation.

"It is appropriate in marking 25 years of celebrating exceptional contributions made by New Zealanders to our environment that we strengthen the awards by joining the forces of the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation. We are taking a more integrated approach to the awards, just as we need to take a more integrated approach to protecting our water, air, land, forests and treasured species," Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

The Green Ribbon Awards honour the outstanding contributors of New Zealanders working hard to protect and enhance our environment.

“Communities, volunteers and partners are vital because Government can’t achieve all that needs to be done. I’m encouraging conservation champions from across New Zealand to nominate for these awards” Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

“Over the past 25 years we’ve celebrated more than 170 individuals and groups making exceptional contributions” Minister for the Environment Dr Smith says “and we look forward to welcoming this year’s finalists to Parliament on the 4th June”.

This year’s categories are:

Environmental Projects:

Protecting our biodiversity
Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions
Minimising our waste
Protecting our coasts and oceans
Caring for our water


Business leadership
Community leadership
Leadership in communication and education
Public sector leadership
Philanthropy and partnership

If you, or someone you know, are working hard to protect or enhance the environment, please make a nomination.

Nominations for the awards close on 10 April.

Find out more about the Green Ribbon Awards.

Read more on the Beehive website.