This region covers Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough. Regional Coordinator, Barbara Stuart, has developed strong links with local farmers and landowners, enabling her to broaden the landcare message and work towards a landcare model that embraces entire catchments.
A list of projects can be seen on the right of the page.
Aorere Project Wins International Recognition
NZ Landcare Trust's Aorere River Project won the inaugural Morgan Foundation NZ Riverprize at the International Riversymposium Gala Dinner in Brisbane last night.
Richard Thompson Chair of NZ Landcare Trust's Board of Trustees said "What a fantastic result for the Trust and the Aorere community. This is an amazing result given the strength of the competition... it really underlines the value of this project and the work carried out by NZ Landcare Trust."
NZ Landcare Trust CEO Dr Nick Edgar accepted the award on behalf of the Aorere River Initiative. “I think this is a real victory for community-led grassroots river management in New Zealand. Without the Aorere river community, the story really wouldn’t have happened.”
After the awards Dr Edgar said "I'd particularly like to congratulate Barbara Stuart, NZ Landcare Trust Regional Coordinator for the Top of the South, for the incredible job she has done, helping to bring together the Aorere community and encouraging them to solve problems and take positive action."
Feature Farm Community: Rai Valley
Marlborough’s Rai Valley has long been a forestry and dairying community. In days gone by Rai Valley cheese was a popular purchase for visitors, but now the once famous dairy factory has closed and local milk goes outside of the community for processing. New local initiatives help bring the community together and help improve the environment... more>
A number of landcare groups are active in the region with eight groups located in the Golden Bay area alone. One such group is the Rarangi Landcare Group who were established in 2000... more>
The Starborough Flaxbourne project may have come to an end but it has left a legacy of innovative thinking and a ‘can do’ attitude towards dry land farming. The initial aims for the project were to gain community involvement, change farmer attitudes and land management practices towards farming dry land in the Awatere/Seddon area of southern Marlborough in the Upper South Island. The success of the work carried out by the Starborough/Flaxbourne Soil Conservation Group has positive implications for many east-coast New Zealand dry-land farming situations and prompted further projects... more>
The Avery family have won the 2010 'South Island Farmer of The Year' competition for their work adapting farm management systems in response to increasingly dry conditions... more>