June 2016 Recipients
Tairua Environment Society Inc., received $530 to purchase a high-torque battery powered drill to help landowners in TeKaro Bay clear damaging wilding pine trees from their catchment.
The not-for-profit organisation is working with landowners in TeKaro Bay to eliminate the pines which are a serious threat to the environmental wellbeing of the entire district. They not only displace indigenous species and degrade the landscape but are a seed source for further infestation.
The new drill will make the poisoning of the pines a lot less strenuous on landowners who are currently using a hand brace to drill as many as 40 holes per tree and will help to protect the region from the damaging effects of the trees.