Holyoake Award 2013 presented

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“Receiving the Holyoake Award made for an exciting and very positive end to a busy year,” said Bill Clarkson, environmental educator for Moturoa School. “We had a record growing and planting year with over 1,100, mainly threatened, Taranaki plants, provided for a diverse range of projects throughout the district.

Andrew Judd, Mayor of New Plymouth city with a very proud TfS student, Billy Paul

“In our final assembly, Billy Paul, an active member of our school’s native plant study group and tour guide, talked about the special plants we grow and the planting trips he had been involved in during the year.  Every child at Moturoa School is involved in the full cycle of plant propagation from seed and cuttings, and learns about our unique Taranaki flora; as well as being involved in real conservation actions on planting days.”

Moturoa School principal, Delwyn Riding, says, “Winning the Holyoake Award means a great deal to our school. It is what we are about. We are really connected to it with Mr Don Holyoake’s granddaughter attending our school. The children are already thinking of how best to spend the money, so that it directly benefits the project.”

Moturoa School became a Trees for Survival school in 1996, the first in Taranaki and representatives of Moturoa’s original sponsors and long-time supporters from New Plymouth Rotary West and Port Taranaki, as well as many of the children’s parents, attended the award presentation. Also attending were representatives from the New Plymouth District Council and Department of Conservation, who support the planting projects each year.

The prestigious Holyoake Award was presented by Andrew Judd, Mayor of New Plymouth City and then long-serving New Plymouth Rotarian and supporter of the project Don Holyoake, brother of Noel, presented the cheque which goes with the award.

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