Environmental restoration project Taranaki Mounga is delighted to have been named a finalist in the 2017 prestigious Green Ribbon Environmental Awards.

Taranaki Mounga joins Genisis Energy Whio Forever and Project Crimson’s Treemendous School Makeover as finalists in the Philanthropy and Partnership category. This category recognises the important role that partnerships and philanthropy play in helping achieve environment and conservation outcomes.

Taranaki Mounga Director Jan Hania says it is humbling to be recognised so early into the project which will ecologically transform an area including Egmont National Park and offshore islands of Taranaki over 20 years.

“It is a wonderful recognition of the commitment of our founding partners, Taranaki iwi Chairs Forum, NEXT Foundation, Department of Conservation and founding sponsors, TSB Community Trust, Shell NZ, Jasmine Social Enterprises and Landcare Research.  Together with many other conservation groups, the community and schools in Taranaki we are all taking responsibility to bring our mountain He Kawa Ora – Back to Life,” he says.

South Taranaki Underwater Club Reef Life Project also made the finals of the awards in the Coasts and Oceans category.

In announcing the finalists Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says they are doing exceptional work to conserve New Zealand’s unique environment and species for generations to come.

“What particularly stands out from the stories of our finalists this year is the leadership they have shown to deliver significant, tangible outcomes for the environment and conservation. Many of the finalists have achieved remarkable results through community involvement and collaboration with others,” she says.

The winners of the 27th annual Green Ribbon Awards will be announced at a ceremony at Parliament on June 8.

For more information go to http://greenribbonawards.org.nz/#finalists