New Zealand beats Australia to win Australasia Riverprize

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Whangawehi Stream (New Zealand) won this year's Bert and Vera Thiess Australasia Riverprize.

Under a community-led catchment management plan, the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group has been helping farmers manage pests and revegetate the river margins, resulting in the establishment of 160,000 native trees, 60ha of riparian margins and the retirement of a 10ha of native bush block.

The once nearly extinct white bait population is now abundant, and the endangered long fin eel has grown to healthy populations. Thanks to the Bert and Vera Thiess Foundation for their continued support to award this prize.

Lastly, a big thank you to the 2018 judging panel: Dr Deb Nias, Prof. Paul Greenfield, Vijay Kumar and Bradley Moggridge.

Congratulations to the winners, and all the best for your future projects.

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