Past winners

Past winners

2017 Deer Industry Environment Award Recipients 

Video of the 2017 Evironment Awards Entrants

 

  • Premier Award – The Elworthy Environmental Award - Sponsored by Deer Industry New Zealand
    Is the vision of a sustainable farming system ensuring long term protection of the environment and sustainable production. Best farming practice is critically evident.
    Steve & Chris Borland and Bob Sharp
     
  • Duncan & Company Award - For vision and innovation whilst mastering a demanding environment.
    The recipient of this award demonstrates forward thinking and adopts sustainable farming practices whilst having to operate their business within a demanding environment.
    Lyndon & Millie Matthews and Family (Use of internet to promote farm and NZ farm story – contact with Swiss group. Three years of drought. Major wetland retirement and restoration has encouraged neighbour)
     
  • FirstLight Foods Ltd Award - For total commitment to farming sustainably with a strong customer focus.
    The recipient demonstrates a passion for the land and strong environmental stewardship. They actively work towards ensuring the land is left for the next generation in a better state than when they started. It is clear from their business decisions that they have the end customer in mind.
    Claire Parkes & Simon Vincent (Deer farming since 1980 with environmental management a core focus from the start. 1996 purchased their first large-scale farm – all environmental work carried out by themselves. A clear vision of what is required and an ongoing programme of activity is in place. Minimal bought in feed (local apple pomice). Strong linkage with international consumers through SFF Venison Global Retail Programme.)
     
  • Gallagher Technology and Innovation Award - For excellent utilisation of farming technologies to improve on farm productivity and manage resources.
    The recipient of this award has utilised farming technologies and knowledge to progress their business, improve on farm productivity and manage resources.
    David & Hilary Ward (Intensive land use that is managed sustainably with careful and scrupulous monitoring of inputs and management. The most fantastic soil resource in Canterbury. Open to new ideas and provides a teaching resource to local and international university students.)
     
  • NZ Landcare Trust Award - For Excellence in sustainable deer farming through action on the ground.
    The recipient of this award has demonstrated a strong level of leadership through identification of risk areas on their property, implementation of mitigation tools and adoption of farming systems to ensure long term sustainability.
    Steve & Chris Borland and Bob Sharp (Take a steep, erodible farm with no deer fencing, high rainfall, lots of waterways and many patches of native bush.  Add deer, make a profit and have a low environmental footprint… discuss. Solution: Lots of hard work, prioritised areas for focus, seek council assistance, engage the community, do a job properly but seek low cost options where possible… and have a plan!)
     
  • NZDFA Next Generation Award - For outstanding performance across environmental, financial and social aspects of the business.
    The recipient of this award has demonstrated outstanding performance across environmental, financial and social aspects of their business. Their passion for farming deer and doing it well showcases the opportunities that lie within the NZ deer industry.
    Hamish & Julia Mackenzie (A well run and low footprint farm operating in an extremely challenging physical environment with significant social scrutiny and regulation. In depth understanding of the environmental challenges and opportunities of the farm.  Tourism is seen as an integral part of the business. Strong, resolute leadership for the farming community with the conviction of fairness and “doing the right thing”.)

 

2015 Deer Industry Environment Award Recipients 

  • Premier Award - The Elworthy Environmental Award-Sponsored by Deer Industry New Zealand
    Is the vision of a sustainable farming system. Ensuring long term protection of the environment and sustainable production. Best farming practise is clearly evident.
    George Williams and Laura Billings – Te Maire, Hawkes Bay 
     
  • NZ Landcare Trust Award - For Excellence in sustainable deer farming through action on the groundThe recipient of this award has demonstrated a strong level of leadership through identification of risk areas on their property, implementation of mitigation tools and adoption of farming systems to ensure long term sustainability
    Landcorp Eweburn Farm , Te Anau, Ray Tibbles (Manager)
     
  • Duncan & Company Award - For vision and innovation whilst mastering a demanding environment.
    The recipient of this award demonstrates forward thinking, and innovative farming practises whilst having to operate their business within a demanding environment.
    George Williams and Laura Billings – Te Maire, Hawkes Bay
     
  • FirstLight Foods Ltd Award - For total commitment to farming sustainably with a strong customer focus. 
    The recipient demonstrates a passion for the land and strong environmental stewardship. They actively work towards ensuring the land is left for the next generation in a better state than when they started. It is clear from their business decisions that they have the end customer in mind.
    Hamish and Anna Orbell, Clayton Station, Fairlie
     
  • NZDFA Next Generation Award – For outstanding performance across environmental, financial and social aspects of the business
    The recipient of this award has demonstrated outstanding performance across environmental, financial and social aspects of their business. Their passion for farming deer and doing it so well showcases the opportunities that lie within the NZ deer industry.
    George Williams and Laura Billings – Te Maire, Hawkes Bay
     
  • Gallagher Technology and Innovation Award – For excellent utilisation of farming technologies to improve on farm productivity and manage resources 
    The recipient of this award has utilised farming technologies to progress their business, improve on-farm productivity and manage resources.  
    Murray and Beverly Hagen, Manapouri, Jim Cameron (Manager) 

 

2012 Deer Industry Environment Award Winners
Brian & Jacqui Wellington, Te Awamutu Station Premier Elworthy Award, NZ Landcare Trust Award & the Fish & Game Award
Robert & Alex Peacock, Orari Station, SCNO QEII National Trust Award for demostrating outstanding stewardship
Willie & Michele Coates, Haupiri Farm, West Coast Duncan & Co Award for innovation in a challenging environment
Lyndon & Millie Matthews, Puketira Deer, Canterbury Firstlight Foods Ltd for total commitment to farming sustainably with a customer focus
View the 2012 Awards Brochure
2010 Deer Industry Environment Award Winners
Tim Smith, Landcorp Farming, Mararoa Station Premier Elworthy Award, NZ Landcare Trust Award and Duncan & Co Award
Graham Carr, Peel Forest Estate Firstlight Award (Total sustainability)
Shelley Trotter & Tony Ward, Solway Deer Farm Fish & Game (for excellence in riparian management)
Tim Aitken & Lucy Robertshawe, The Steyning NZDFA (Environmental and Sustainability award)
View the 2010 Awards Brochure
2008 Deer Industry Environment Award Winners
Grant and Andrea Cochrane, Otago Premier Elworthy Award, Landcare Trust Award and Fish and Game NZ Award
Lyndon and Millie Matthews, North Canterbury Duncan & Co Award (Innovation)
Mike and Chris Stephens, South Otago Firstlight Award (Total sustainability)
View the 2008 Awards Brochure