Taranaki Mounga is honoured to have won the Philanthropy and Partnership category in this years Green Ribbon Awards.

The awards are New Zealand’s most prestigious environmental awards and recognise exceptional work to conserve New Zealand’s unique environment and species for generations to come.

Taranaki Mounga chairman Jamie Tuuta says he was delighted to accept the award amongst so many deserving environmental groups.

“Our fellow finalists Genesis Energy Whio Forever and Project Crimson have long track records in protecting New Zealand’s environment and I would like to acknowlege their great work. Taranaki Mounga works in collaboration with many conservation organisations in Taranaki and this award recognises the effort being invested into environmental restoration across the whole region,” he says.

Another Taranaki project, South Taranaki Underwater Club Reef Life Project also won the Coasts and Oceans category.

Taranaki Mounga director Jan Hania says it has been astounding to see the level of collaboration in Taranaki with many players all working towards a common goal.  “Taranaki Regional Council, Wild for Taranaki, Taranaki Kiwi Trust, Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust, Nga Motu Marine Reserve Society, iwi and others are all contributing and supporting each other in many ways including volunteering, sharing resources and skills to help achieve the challenge of restoring the ecological vitality in the region alongside the Taranaki community,” he says.

For more information on the awards and winners go to www.greenribbonawards.org.nz