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Regional Awards

Regional Weedbusters Awards are usually held every two years, but we may be taking a break in 2016 - watch this space!

Entry is open to all who volunteer their time toward weed management and education. Volunteers may be dedicated individuals, part of a community group, or an industry/organisation. Volunteers may receive financial support from grants to cover operational costs, but time spent implementing initiatives MUST be donated. The awards recognise weed management initiatives across all land types: private, public, rural, urban and coastal. They also recognise weed awareness and education efforts.

There is no age restriction on nominees.

Award categories and submission guidelines are outlined here.

Nominations for: All Regions, All Years

  • Adventure Camps

    Region: Auckland

    Award Category: Education

    Year: 2014

    Control of weeds along the Opanuku Stream running through our property. We have also sought to tidy up the stream and remove rubbish and debris from the stream. we continue to plant new natives and protect those already planted to establish themselves. we also endeavour to use the stream as an…

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  • Kimbolton School

    Region: Wanganui-Manawatu

    Award Category: Education

    Year: 2014

    I would like to nominate Kimbolton School for a Regional Weedbusters Award this year. Staff and students of the past ten years have been working in our local native bush reserve, using it as an outdoor classroom to learn about forest life and also to teach children how to remove weeds and why it…

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  • Society Totally Against Moth Plant

    Region: Auckland

    Award Category: Education

    Year: 2014

    Richard Henty, a teacher at Botany Downs Secondary College has created a local project which is assisting with the control of Moth Plant. His highly organised approach has developed into a marvelous project over the last 4 or 5 years. Each Friday, a group of enthusiastic students pile in to the…

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  • Friends of Rarawa

    Region: Northland

    Award Category: Excellence

    Year: 2014

    Friends of Rarawa is active on Rarawa beach and dunes. As part of its work and maintenance program they have begun weed eradication in the dunes here. As well they are doing pest control in this area to reduce the impact on the NZ dotterel which lives and nests in this area. They also…

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  • Trelissick Park Group

    Region: Wellington

    Award Category: Excellence

    Year: 2014

    Since 1991, the Group has been working at clearing the Park, which is a beautiful reserve with streams, gorge, canyon, steep rocky slopes and forest areas. The neglected area had been affected over the years by railway building and tunnelling, road making, sewer pipe installation and erosion…

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  • Alice Shanks

    Region: Canterbury

    Award Category: Industry/Organisations

    Year: 2014

    For Gillian being married to the North Canterbury QEII National Trust Rep has given her a way of contributing to the conservation of Aoteaora New Zealand’s natural heritage. Gillian accompanies Miles to the weediest QEII Trust covenants where she sets about systematically and professionally…

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  • Project De-Vine - Golden Bay

    Region: Nelson-Tasman

    Award Category: Industry/Organisations

    Year: 2014

    Back around 2006 Forest and Bird Golden Bay Branch set up Golden Bay Weedbusters to provide, amongst other reasons, an umbrella group for local community groups to set up their own community weedbuster group to tackle together the weeds they shared in their own location. Chris Rowse meantime was…

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  • Changepoint Church Land Care

    Region: Bay of Plenty

    Award Category: Private Land

    Year: 2014

    Changepoint Church owns 3.3 hectares of land and over the last several years we have been progressively clearing the land of weeds and planting in native shrubs. Woolly nightshade, gorse, wattle, privet, Japanese honeysuckle, convolulus and willows are the main weeds we’ve had to deal with….

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  • Puketotara Landcare Group

    Region: Northland

    Award Category: Private Land

    Year: 2014

    I wish to nominate member Ann Kearney for her efforts to remove Wild Ginger, Wandering Jew, tobacco weed and other weeds in the Puketotara River Catchment. Her efforts have gone above and beyond the call of duty. She has busted weeds on her property and in others. She is a top Weed-buster and I…

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  • Ann

    Region: Auckland

    Award Category: Public Land

    Year: 2014

    Part of a group that work together and on our own at times. We all do independent, individual weedbusting usually in our own areas, but also on occasion further afield - from West Harbour to Peach Reserve. Mainly we target moth plant - and sometimes woolly nightshade. More occasionally we will…

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  • Bluegreens

    Region: Auckland

    Award Category: Public Land

    Year: 2014

    The Bluegreens are a policy advisory group to the National Party. They approached Wai Care in late 2010 to get the group involved in a local improvement project. As a result they adopted a site on the Lower Meola Creek. This group s project links in with the Lower Meola Restoration Project which…

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  • Carolyn Brough

    Region: Taranaki

    Award Category: Public Land

    Year: 2014

    Carolyn has undertaken a huge task in weeding a local reserve walkway. She does this once a week rain or shine. Sometimes others help, but often she is there by herself. She also has in the past removed weeds form her own large riverside bush remnant adjacent to her current weedbusting project,…

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  • Charlesworth Wetland Reserve Maintenance Team

    Region: Canterbury

    Award Category: Public Land

    Year: 2014

    Community Ngo group The Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust was formed in 2002. This Trust is a strong advocate for improvements of the ecological values on the margins of the estuary. The vision of the Trust is Communities working together for Clean Water - Open Space - Safe Recreation and…

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  • CPR - 66

    Region: Auckland

    Award Category: Public Land

    Year: 2014

    Our Volunteering group here is CPR - 66 - which means Catchment Pond Rescue, 66 Alnwick Street, Warkworth. We’ve been working together now for over 2 years and have a good core of local volunteers who spend an hour or so often, assisting my husband and I in the process of tidying up the two…

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  • David Smith

    Region: Auckland

    Award Category: Public Land

    Year: 2014

    Part of a group that work together and on our own at times. We all do independent, individual weedbusting usually in our own areas, but also on occasion further afield - from West Harbour to Peach Reserve. Mainly we target moth plant - and sometimes woolly nightshade. More occasionally we will…

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  • Friends of Gordon Park Scenic Reserve

    Region: Wanganui-Manawatu

    Award Category: Public Land

    Year: 2014

    The Friends of Gordon Park volunteer each fortnight to remove invasive weeds such as jerusalem cherry, stinking iris, veld grass, tradescantia and many many more from Gordon Park Scenic Reserve. With their continued effort and tireless dedication the Department would like to nominate them for…

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  • Friends of the Whau Inc.

    Region: Auckland

    Award Category: Public Land

    Year: 2014

    Outsanding and consistent effort in removal of weeds on several Council reserves in the Whau river catchment area, working alonside the community in each resrve area. Developing restoration plans to prevent weeds returning on large areas in our whau river reserve areas. Significantly encouraging…

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  • Helen Chambers

    Region: Canterbury

    Award Category: Public Land

    Year: 2014

    Helen Chambers would be great candidate for Weedbusters Awards. She works consistently along the foreshore of Governors Bay weeding, even if it’s just when she walks her dog, and planting. She also alerts the CCC when attention is needed in the area. She coordinates with Simon Johnson when she…

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  • Herekino Landcare Group Kahili Ginger Eradication Project

    Region: Northland

    Award Category: Public Land

    Year: 2014

    This project seeks to control and eradicate wild ginger in the Northern catchment of the Herekino harbour. Within this catchment lies par of the Ahipara Tablelands, home to unique flora, and the western edge of the Herekino forest together with the culturally significant maunga Orowhana. The…

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  • Hilltop School

    Region: Waikato

    Award Category: Public Land

    Year: 2014

    Hilltop school have done an amazing job at Oruatua clearing Cotoneaster and broom. The clearing involved many hours of hard work, they were so keen they even dragged the cut pest plants out of the area and mulched the waste. The native planting that has been done looks so great, we hope it…

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