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Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Bruce Banks Environmental Education Award


Applications for Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust, Bruce Banks Environmental Education Award are now open.

The Award is offered annually to any primary or secondary student or school who/which aims to further native biodiversity in the Waimakariri District.

The purpose of the award is to support a new initiative rather than reward a project that has been completed.


The application form can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY  5PM, 28th FEBRUARY  2020

Winners will be notified in MARCH 2020 and presentations will be held at the Trusts APRIL 2020 meeting .


Bruce Banks was a Trust volunteer who helped establish our animal pest control programme. Bruce also established and ran the Tutaepatu Lagoon western trap line for a number of years.  

This work has been a significant factor in the return of a number of native bird species at the lagoon including Kotuku and Crested Grebe. It is also a factor in the Department of Conservation currently considering the establishment of a Kaki Black Stilt release programme for the Ashley Rakahuri and Tuhaitara Coastal Park and; a possible release of Patiki Brown Teal at Tutaepatu Lagoon.

Bruce was also a school teacher and principal in the Waimakariri and a volunteer for many other environmental groups in the Waimakariri district.


Bruce passed away after a long period of illness. Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara wanted to recognise Bruce’s contribution to the work of the Trust and his career in education, so established this annual environmental education award.

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