The Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord is one of four finalists under consideration for the inaugural Morgan Foundation New Zealand Riverprize Award.
Other finalists include the Aorere River (Tasman), Lake Taupo (Waikato) and Project Twin Streams (Waitakere) and all four have been described by Gayle Wood, Chair of the New Zealand Riverprize Judging Panel and former winner of the Thiess International Riverprize as “exceptional”.
The New Zealand Riverprize is an initiative of the International River Foundation, who also award the Australian, European and North American Riverprize as well as the prestigious Thiess International Riverprize – for achieving the best outcomes in river and basin management.
Applications were open to all projects that could demonstrate outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management, restoration or protection – regardless of the size of the river or project scale.
Applicants were judged by an independent panel of experts in a range of river management fields. The winning project will receive a NZD$20,000 cash prize, generously sponsored by the Morgan Foundation, and will also have a shot at being named the winner of the prestigious Thiess International Riverprize in 2016.
Independent chair of the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord Richard Thompson says the selection of the Accord as a finalist speaks to the huge amount of work achieved by Accord partners to date and the value of collaborative action.