Hurunui Environmental Awards
MainPower provides annual support to the MainPower Hurunui Natural Environment Fund.
The MainPower Hurunui Natural Environment Fund is for distribution to applicants who are doing work on public or private land that improves, benefits, restores or reinstates indigenous natural qualities - in particular land, vegetation, wetlands or bird habitat.
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MainPower's involvement in the MainPower Hurunui Environmental Awards is through sponsorship. MainPower is not involved in the judging of submissions.
To see details of previous winners of the MainPower Hurunui Environmental Awards see below.
- Max and Lorna Winskill of Cheviot were awarded $3,500 to fence and destock an area of regenerating bush of approximately 15 - 20ha
- Euan Godsitt of Amberley was awarded $3,500 to fence a 10.8ha area of river gorge which is likely to be further protected through a QE ll Trust registration
- Sharon and Paul Earl of Hawarden were awarded $1,500 towards the cost of fencing and planting new native areas with plants which they have propagated themselves
- Liz Teulon and Francis Renford of Culverden were awarded $1,500 as a contribution to fencing a waterway which is to be followed by planting indigenous species along approximately 1.4km of waterway
- Anthony and Kirsty Maxwell were awarded $1,000 towards planting an area of approximately 0.3 hectares around an existing pond with suitable native plants to create a populated wetland habitat particularly for birdlife
- Frank and Jo Wilding of Conway Flat were awarded $2,000 to provide protective fencing for 18.5 hectares of secondary podocarp-hardwood forest. This area adjoins an existing 19.5 hectart of QE ll covenanted area. Collectively the two areas will protect the lower 3km of the Ploughmans Creek catchment
- Peter and Nicki Greenwood of Greta Valley were awarded $5,000 towards fencing a 20 hectare area of native bush to enhance the regeneration of seedlings. The area contains a mix of native plant species and has been shown to be a natural breeding ground for native birds since eradication of possum through T.B. control
- The Wilson Borthers Partnership of Hawarden was awarded $1,500 towards restoring a swamp and surroundings stream to its original native state. The area was to be permanently fenced off from stock to allow natural regeneration to occur
- Leithfield Primary School was awarded a $500 contribution towards planting a clay terrace on the school grounds which was previously planted in pine trees. The restoration, enhancement and resulting indigenous habitat will form part of the schools education programme
- Bryan and Karen Jamison of Wardendale, Waiau have been awarded $4,000 towards their project to provide protective fencing around two blocks of indigenous forest. Block A is an area of 2.6 hectares and contains a stand of secondary Montane Kanuka forest. Block B is an area of 4.3 hectares which contains a modified black beech forest and stream on volcanic substrate. The funds will go towards the cost of line preparation, fencing materials and labour.
- Jim and Rose Cassidy of Mt Alexander, Hawarden have been awarded $3,000 towards their project to provide 970 metres of protective fencing around a 16 hectare area of secondary montane dry land scrub and shrub land. The funds will go towards the cost of line preparation, fencing materials and labour.
- The Hurunui Gateway Promotions Association Incorporated have been awarded $1,500 towards their project to recreate native bush and shrub land along the village walkway in Waikari as well as the walkway to the Maori rock drawings. The funds will go towards the purchase of suitable native plant species.
- John Harper and Penny Zino have been awarded $1,000 to go towards planting indigenous plants within the Waikari Village Green. Planting in the village green began four years ago. The funds will go towards the purchase of suitable native plant species and extra lateral irrigation pipes and fittings.
- Rex and Susan MacKenzie have been awarded $500 for their project. They aim to restore an eroded gully with indigenous plants. Work to date has included fencing off the area and planting and maintaining 300 native plants as part of the Greening of Waipara Project. The funds will go towards the purchase of suitable native plant species.
- Doug and Megan Fotheringham of Glendhu Farming Ltd, Greta Valley have been awarded $4,200 to complete the protective fencing of the Glendhu Bush Remnant (SNA 19). This is a remnant of around 20ha of mountain beech/mixed hardwood and kanuka forest with plenty of bellbird life. The fencing will exclude stock and allow for forest regeneration. Future plans for this block include a public walkway and horse trekking
- Peter McClatchy of Gore Bay has been awarded $4,000 towards wilding pine control at Port Robinson. Wilding pines have been progressively removed over the last 3 years. These funds are to remove the remaining 'hard ones'. The removal of these pines will assist native bush regeneration.
- Julian Ball on behalf of the Waipara Valley Promotion Association has been awarded $690 to purchase suitable native plants to be planted by volunteers on the mound supporting the water tank at the Glenmark Domain.
The winners of the MainPower Hurunui Environmental Awards were announced at an awards ceremony at the Hurunui District Council on 25 June 2009. The recipients will receive contributions towards the costs of their projects.
- Tim and Susan Anderson of Kalimera, Hundalee, have been awarded $2,850 to install 730 metres of protective fencing to protect a 3.7 hectare (ha) area of secondary semi-coastal hardwood forest.
- W H Holdings Limited has been awarded $3,000 to install 770 metres of protective fencing to protect a 2.2ha area of secondary semi-coastal hardwood forest. This will be done in conjunction with the fencing and proposed covenanting of the Kalimera property. By fencing the bush boundary on both properties, a total of 5.9ha of bush will be physically protected as a single block.
- Rein Bakker of the Dutch Station Limited has been awarded $3,000 for the purpose of fencing an existing stream adjacent to the Dutch Golf Course. The area is partly wetland and will be planted with native trees and shrubs as an addition to the Dutch Golf Course. This will make it accessible to the public and will restore the natural vegetation that will in turn attract birds to the area.
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