skip to main content

HBRC supports Farm Environment Awards

rls farms crop 2

Farmers and growers are encouraged to enter the 2018 Ballance Farm Environment Awards.  Entries are open now and can be made online at the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust website.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is a major sponsor of the East Coast regional awards along with Gisborne District Council. The awards are organised by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust to promote land stewardship by showcasing sustainable farming. 

“The Ballance awards recognise the work of farmers and growers that demonstrate balanced sustainability across all areas of their business. This includes the environmental, financial and human aspects of their operation,” says HBRC Land Management Team leader, Brendan Powell.

All farmers and horticulturists, including orchardists, vegetable growers and viticulturists, are eligible to enter.  A major benefit of entering includes getting high quality feedback from independent rural professionals.  Farmers who participate are also encouraged to share ideas and innovations with the wider farming community.

Last year the East Coast Supreme Award winners were Philip and Robyn Holt of Maraetara at the Ahuriri headwaters for their mixed farm including forestry and retired land.  In 2016 the supreme winners were pipfruit and blueberry orchard business owners, Graham and Marian Hirst, while in 2015 it was Alastair and Tracy Ormond and Daniel Ormond of Te Umuopua with their beef and sheep farm in Central Hawke’s Bay.

There are also category winners each year and a national winner is selected from the regional Supreme award winners.

15 August 2017

Back to News Archive

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Hawke's Bay Regional Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Hawke's Bay Regional Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© Hawke's Bay Regional Council - / +64 6 835 9200 /