To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have taken tangible action with proven impact towards protecting and restoring nature and the natural environment in Aotearoa.
Nominators should consider talking about the following areas in their nomination:
* What do we mean by positive impact to the environment? A nominee may be working towards reducing the impacts of: Climate change, air and water pollution, water scarcity, food insecurity, deforestation, rising sea levels, loss of species and habitat biodiversity, or loss of indigenous environmental knowledge and traditions. Or working in protection and restoration such as driving social change for the benefit of the environment, restoring lands and waterways or pest management.
New Zealand Environmental Hero of the Year
Chief Executive, Ministry for the Environment Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Taiao
"The Ministry for the Environment is honoured to celebrate these environmental heroes for their outstanding contributions to restoring and protecting our unique environment. Behind the scenes our heroes have spent decades supporting projects across Aotearoa to ensure our beautiful moana, whenua and native plants, birds and animals can thrive. It’s thanks to the mahi of these incredible New Zealanders that we are one step closer to creating a flourishing environment for future generations to enjoy."