Nominations have opened for this year’s Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Awards, which celebrate efforts across all community sectors to protect and improve the environment.

“These awards celebrate the fact that Taranaki people are not only more aware of the importance of the environment, but they are taking action to keep it safe and make it better,” says the Council Chair, David MacLeod. “Thanks to the efforts of individuals, schools, iwi and hapū, businesses, community groups and others, Taranaki’s made great progress on the environmental front.

"The challenges won’t go away and there’s still a lot more to achieve. But because we’re a region of doers, not just talkers, we can face the future with hope and optimism. That’s what these awards celebrate.”

The awards will be presented in September and cover five categories: business, community, education, dairy farming and land management. Nominations close on 19 July. See www.trc.govt.nz/awards for criteria and to make an online nomination.

The awards are sponsored by Govett Quilliam, Fonterra, Corteva Agriscience™, Methanex, Contact Energy and Todd Energy.

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