Project Crimson wins Green Ribbon Award

Project Crimson is delighted to have been recognised for our conservation work by winning a Green Ribbon Award, for protecting our biodiversity, at an awards ceremony at Parliament on 4 June.

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry announced the winners, which this year marked 25 years of honouring New Zealand’s environmental leaders.

A total of 10 community groups, organisations and businesses were named as winners of this year’s Green Ribbon Awards:

  • Philanthropy and Partnership: Project Janszoon
  • Leadership in communication and education: Fiordland Conservation Trust - Kids Restore the Kepler
  • Community leadership: Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust
  • Business leadership: Malcolm Rands - Ecostore
  • Public sector leadership: Waikato Regional Council - Tui Mine Remediation Project
  • Protecting our biodiversity: Project Crimson Trust
  • Caring for our water: Dr Bruno David - CarpN Neutral Project
  • Minimising our waste: IdealCup - Everyday Limited
  • Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions: Soar Printing
  • Protecting our oceans and coasts: Te Korowai o Te Tai ō Marokura, Kaikōura Coastal Marine Guardians
  • Supreme winner: Project Janszoon

This year marks 25 years of the Green Ribbon Awards. More than 170 individuals and groups have been recognised as part of the Green Ribbon Awards since their inception in 1990. This year’s awards are a joint venture for the first time between the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation, as part of the Government’s focus on encouraging a more integrated approach to protecting the country’s water, air, land, forests and endangered species.

“It is wonderful to share an anniversary with the Green Ribbon Awards this year and to have the work of the Trust recognised" said Project Crimson Chairman, Joris de Bres. "For 25 years Project Crimson has toiled away to restore pohutukawa and rata to New Zealand’s natural environment – so decimated were they in critical parts of NZ."

Hon. Maggie Barry, Joris de Bres and Lou Sanson (Director General at the Department of Conservation)

Mr de Bres adds "In the early days of our work there were few people undertaking pest control – now most landowners understand about the need for pest control. In those days we saw snowmen on our Christmas cards – now more often than not we see pohutukawa images. Much has changed in the conservation world. The focus has grown in recent times from protecting single species to protecting ecosystems – we understand better that protecting one species requires that we protect the whole community within its habitat.

One thing that has not changed however is the reliance organisations like ours have on our funders and supporters.  We wish to acknowledge the true partnerships that Project Crimson has that allow us to continue to do our work - the Department of Conservation, Mazda and the Mazda Foundation, Ata Rangi, L’Oreal, Rata and the Tindall Foundation.

These organisations ask very little of us – only that we continue our work and that we do it in a way that delivers tangible benefits to NZ. We thank those organisations for their genuine support of our mission.

We also want to acknowledge the hard work of the Project Crimson Trustees – some of whom have provided voluntary service to the trust since its inception. They are an amazing group of people.

By the end of this year we will have planted more than 350,000 native trees around New Zealand. In 50 years time, when we are gone, someone will thank us for that work."