Cawthron Institute backs environment awards

Last updated 09:59 25/06/2014

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A signing ceremony was held at the Marlborough District Council on Monday to formalise the Cawthron Institute as new sponsor for the Marlborough Environment Awards.

Cawthron Institute Trust chairman Bob Dickinson described the Nelson-based institute as the largest privately owned scientific research institute in New Zealand. It's work included looking into a wide range of environmental issues such as didymo, the causes of "red tides" and the preservation of kakapo.

Cawthron Institute community educator Jo Thompson said the institute was eager to support the awards since it had been set up to support scientific research throughout the top of the south.

Mistletoe Bay Trust chairman Simon Heath, whose trust was supreme winner at last year's environment awards, said it had been "the icing on the cake" for Mistletoe Bay, which had also won the Community Innovation and Sustainable Living award in 2013.

The success had encouraged Mistletoe Bay to keep improving its business practices, and had led to it entering and winning the National Trustpower Community Awards.

Entries for the Marlborough Environment Awards are open from September 12 to November 14.

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- The Marlborough Express

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