Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa won the award at the 2016 Te Hiringa Te Tai Tokerau Māori Business Awards for Excellence in Environmental Awareness & Management, for the Warawara Whakaora Ake Project.
It is wonderful that this precedent-setting project has been acknowledged in this way.
Gary and David from Reconnecting Northland, along with representatives of the other project partners and members of the Kōmiti Kaitiaki, joined with Te Rarawa in celebrating this success at the awards ceremony at Forum North.
This category acknowledges the unique affinity that Māori business has within Tai Tokerau because of the environment it works in.
To be successful the entrant must demonstrate sound knowledge of the responsibility which business has towards environmental management and clearly show a linkage over how environmental management contributes to their business success.
The judges are looking for businesses which respect their environment, contribute to development in a sustainable way and are known to be by stakeholders as environmentally friendly.
It was also David’s final day with the Reconnecting Northland Programme so doubled as fitting way to step away from his role are Programme Manager.