New ideas for na­ture

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Kiwi in­no­va­tors from across the coun­try could win a share of $90,000 to de­velop fresh ideas that ben­e­fit con­ser­va­tion, in a new na­tional awards scheme. The first-ever WWF-New Zealand Con­ser­va­tion In­no­va­tion Awards seeks to show­case novel and effective ways to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties to pro­tect and re­store our unique bio­di­ver­sity. First prize in each of three cat­e­gories – prod­uct, project and re­search – is a $25,000 grant, with three runner-up grants of $5000 each. “New Zealan­ders have a proud his­tory as con­ser­va­tion pi­o­neers, in­vent­ing ground-break­ing traps and tran­quiliser darts that are now used through­out the world,” said WWF-New Zealand head of con­ser­va­tion pro­jects Lee Barry. “We’re search­ing the whole coun­try for the next great idea. If you think your con­cept or de­sign could make a real dif­fer­ence, we want to hear from you.”

En­tries are open un­til Septem­ber 30. Find out more at

wwf.org.nz/in­no­va­tion

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