Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group finalists for 2015 Green Ribbon Awards

Waimakariri news
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey has welcomed news that the Ashley – Rakahuri Rivercare Group has been announced as finalists for the 2015 Green Ribbon Awards for its work in protecting biodiversity.

This year marks 25 years of honouring New Zealand’s environmental leaders.

“The ongoing work that the Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group undertakes in protecting the breeding areas of bird species which breed only on the braided rivers of eastern South Island is of enormous value. These habitats are continually being eroded and today man is as much a threat to these species as are introduced predators such as cats and stoats,” Doocey said.

Doocey said bird species like the wrybill relied on large areas of bare shingle to nest. “The work undertaken by the Ashley-Rahahuri Rivercare Group in clearing and maintaining these areas, trapping predators and surveying nesting birds, when taken into consideration that around 59 percent of New Zealand’s braided rivers are in Canterbury, is a major contribution to the protection of these birds and their habitat.”

Over 70 nominations were received across the 10 categories for this year’s awards.