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Who was it who said: “May you live in interesting times”?

Last month, we made the difficult decision to postpone all remaining Ballance Farm Environment Awards functions, helping to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

It’s difficult to predict when life will return to normal. However, what I do know is that it’s important to have events to look forward to – where we catch-up and celebrate the best of humanity. So this year – reflecting the innovation and agility of our entrants – we're taking an innovative approach to announcing award recipients.

From 22 April, we're replacing our remaining award functions with online, weekly, 'virtual' regional announcements via YouTube videos. Get your friends together online, enjoy a drink and stay at home as we highlight the good farming practices of some of Aotearoa's talented farmers and growers.

Together with our valued partners, we’re looking forward to continuing to be part of a movement that reframes our food producers as heroes.

Thanks for your ongoing support during this challenging time. Stay safe, look out for yourself and your mates, and we look forward to catching up in person soon.  


James Ryan

General Manager
New Zealand Farm Environment Trust
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Join us for 'virtual' weekly regional award announcements

Our regional, YouTube award announcement videos will be released on Wednesdays at 7.30pm on each of the dates below. 

For online alerts, simply sign up to the events on our Facebook page. And don't worry if you miss the 7.30pm release – all the latest information and video links will be available on our website following the announcement.
  • Horizons: 22 April     
  • Waikato: 29 April     
  • Otago: 6 May     
  • Southland: 13 May     
  • Taranaki: 20 May     
  • Auckland: 27 May     
  • Northland: 3 June     
  • Greater Wellington: 10 June     

East Coast and Canterbury award recipients announced

Early last month, we held successful functions in the East Coast and Canterbury to celebrate the regions' entrants and award recipients.

In the East Coast, Evan and Linda Potter, pictured left, were named regional supreme winners - largely due to their ability to balance business security with protecting the land and resources for future generations. Read more about these talented Central Hawke's Bay sheep, beef and deer farmers, along with other award recipients. 

Meanwhile, in Canterbury, Dunsandel dairy farmers Tony and Dana Carver won the regional supreme title. These early adopters of research and methods are leading the way when it comes to reducing their environmental footprint.

Get in touch

We love to talk, so if you'd like to have a chat or ask us a burning question, please email us or get in touch with one of our regional contacts by clicking a link:

Northland • Auckland • Waikato • Bay of Plenty • Taranaki • East Coast • Horizons • Greater Wellington • Canterbury • Otago • Southland

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