Top recognition for wetland commitment

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Hawke's Bay Regional Council has received a Distinction Award from the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects for its Pekapeka Wetland.

The citation for the award states that the wetland provided a range of experience opportunities for users and acknowledges the contributing work of Shannon Bray Landscape Architect.

"This is one of three awards for Pekapeka Wetland since 2009, realising its champion value and raising the awareness of wetlands throughout Hawke's Bay," Stephen Cave, HBRC's operation environmental manager said.

The citation was noted at the NZILA Resene Pride of Place Landscape Architecture Awards for 2013 on Monday.

"The award from NZILA is a great reflection on the restoration work that is happening in Hawke's Bay and we are very honoured. It is estimated that this award puts Pekapeka Wetland in the top 5 per cent of landscape architecture projects undertaken throughout New Zealand in recent years," Mr Cave said.

The award recognises Pekapeka Wetland as a high quality interpretive site for wetland restoration. It is noted for integrating public accessibility with educational features, using local materials and stories.

Stephen Cave is quick to acknowledge a number of the project's key supporters, particularly Shannon Bray, Waa Harris, Peter Dunkerley, the Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Stortford Lodge, Eastern and Central Community Trust and the preliminary work of Titchener Monzingo Aitken Ltd.

Iwi groups and many school children (particularly Pukehou School) and Kiwi Conservation Club played a key role in planting areas around the swamp.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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