Catchment Group Awards

The Catchment Group Award

The NZ Farm Environment Trust is delighted to announce the addition of a new Catchment Group Award to the 2021 BFEA programme, designed to showcase and celebrate the great work being done by catchment groups throughout the country. The Catchment Group Award is sponsored by
NZ Landcare Trust.

The new Catchment Group Award recognises the efforts of a rural community working together to improve water quality in local rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands. This new initiative is designed to celebrate the efforts of catchment groups and help inspire other rural communities with examples of good practice.

The NZ Landcare Trust Catchment Group Award will be awarded in each of the 11 regions in which the Ballance Farm Environment Awards operate. To find out more about the regions click here.

The Catchment Group Award will follow a similar format to the current BFEA national awards, with sector experts meeting with the Catchment Groups to hear their stories and assess the great work they are doing based on a range of criteria including:

  • The outcomes focus on identifying and prioritising risks and actions addressing water quality issues
  • Their involvement of the local community including iwi and youth
  • The robustness of their monitoring and evaluation and use of expertise to inform the programme
  • Their approach to other outcomes such as soil, nutrients, climate and biodiversity

All entrants are provided with feedback from sector experts about their activities and potential areas of focus for the future as they continue on their sustainability journey.

Entries are open now and close on October 31st 2022.

If you would like more information or wish to enter the NZ Landcare Trust Catchment Group Award, please email

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