Bio­di­ver­sity work ac­knowl­edged at ES Awards

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Janet Gre­gory, for­merly of Wen­don, has re­ceived a spe­cial award, Kaiti­aki Tohu Pai, at the South­land Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­ment Awards to hon­our her work in bio­di­ver­sity.

‘‘I feel af­firmed by my nom­i­na­tion along with all the oth­ers in­volved in chang­ing peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes to bio­di­ver­sity and the ways they have re­sponded to this im­por­tant as­pect of what we hold dear,’’ she said.

Gre­gory, who co-or­di­nated the Bio­di­ver­sity South­land fo­rum, pro­moted pro­tec­tion and man­age­ment of bio­di­ver­sity on pri­vate land, shared in­for­ma­tion amongst fo­rum mem­bers in­clud­ing South­land coun­cils, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers, Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion, QE II Na­tional Trust and Ven­ture South­land.

‘‘This was used to sup­port pro­tec­tion and man­age­ment for 1368 hectares of for­est and wet­land ar­eas on pri­vate land to as­sist with fenc­ing, plant­ing, and weed and pest con­trol.

‘‘Con­nect­ing and sup­port­ing a lot of com­mu­nity groups around restor­ing and plant­ing for bio­di­ver­sity was sig­nif­i­cant.’’

Gre­gory was in­volved in the Bal­lance Farm En­vi­ron­ment Awards, and es­tab­lished catch­ment groups with a fo­cus on the Pom­a­haka.

‘‘I am pas­sion­ate about agri­cul­ture and the en­vi­ron­ment, and be­lieve they go hand in hand.’’

Janet Gre­gory’s work in the ru­ral com­mu­nity was cel­e­brated at the South­land Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­ment Awards.

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