The CACB Annual awards recognise the efforts of local groups and individuals in supporting conservation within the wider Canterbury region.

Our theme for 2017 is: Fresh Water – Every Drop Counts. The CACB are seeking entries that are water focused to highlight the importance of fresh water, as well as the excellent work that is happening in our community to ensure that Every Drop Counts.

Entry categories:

Biodiversity: Improving and enhancing water quality
Recreation: Tourism, adventure, access to outdoors
Industry: Sponsorship, projects, partnerships, technology
Youth: Particpation, education, conservation awareness

A quick guide to the judging criteria:

  • Evidence of, or goals surrounding, long term sustainability of your project, as well as actual project outcomes
  • Evidence of collaboration, partnership, and community involvement. How have you connected with your community to enhance your water focused project?
  • What actual and proposed difference has/ will the project make? (This could be for the environment generally, for your community, or for a specific animal / flora / fauna).

Entries must show a connection to Water, eg: protection, sustainability, quality, habitat protection, use of water, recreation aspects, urban or rural, industrial and technological uses, micro or macro in scale.
Unsure if this theme suits your project? Email ( & we’ll let you know!

Guide to entering:

  • A group or individual can enter one category only once. If a group enters more than one category then each entry must be for clearly different projects.
  • The Youth Award is open to any group driven by people under the age of 20.
  • We are wanting to use submitted images to better publicise your great projects and also all the types of conservation activity being undertaken in the region. By submitting a photo you are agreeing that the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board, and the Department of Conservation can use it for this purpose. In all cases we will credit the photographer, or if not known the group.

Award recipients will be determined by the members of the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board. Entries close on 2nd October, 2017. Finalists in each category will be notified by 24th October, with the award winners announced on Thursday 2nd November.

Please email the board ( should you have any other questions. 

Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board

The Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board represents the community interest in the work of DOC. We’re proud of the work that our community in Canterbury completes every year for conservation, and we hope the Awards help with many fantastic projects.

Our region extends from the Conway and Clarence rivers in the north, and west to the main divide, including all of the Arthur’s Pass National Park. The southern boundary is the catchment of the Waitaki River at Kurow, along the river to the east coast. The coastal boundary is the twelve-mile limit for marine reserves and the Exclusive Economic Zone for marine mammals. If you’re interested in understanding more, or have any questions, please contact us at (

2016 Awards

Last year the theme for the Awards was Connecting through Conservation – Everyday Conservation for Everyday People!

2016 Award winners:
Biodiversity Award: Arthur’s Pass Wildlife Trust
Young New Zealanders Award: St Andrews School, Timaru
Recreation Award: 180 Degrees Trust

Photo Credit: Giora Dan