Te Whangai Trust Supreme Winner of the 2016 Green Ribbon Awards

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Miranda based Te Whangai Trust is an outstandingly deserved winner of this year’s Supreme Green Ribbon Award says Coromandel MP Scott Simpson.

“I am absolutely delighted that Gary and Adrienne Dalton, founders of the Te Whangai Trust were at Parliament to receive the award from Environment Minister Nick Smith.

“I’ve had an opportunity to visit their nursery at Miranda on several occasions and to see first-hand the good work they are doing not  only in helping people make positive lifestyle changes but also the results of the nursery work done in propagating thousands of native plants.

Miranda has been announced as the Supreme Winner of the 2016 Green Ribbon Awards in this the 26th year of the awards at a formal ceremony at Parliament.  

The Te Whangai Trust is an eco-preneurial social enterprise that has helped more than 500 of the most disadvantaged members of our community make positive change in their lives and skilled them to become productive members of society and at the same time learn valuable work skills in native plant propagation.

With increased skills, training, self-esteem and experience of employer expectations, Te Whangai participants move more easily into commercial sector employment. Education is for life.

Te Whangai Trust has provided 500,000 native plants, education, advisory skills and over 156,000 volunteer hours each year. They have restored ecosystems, wildlife corridors and waterways.

For more information on the Award winners and finalists please visit www.mfe.govt.nz/more/awards/green-ribbon-awards