Some of the country's most environmentally conscious farmers and growers will be honoured this week, as they compete to win a prestigious sustainability award.
The Balllance Farm Environment Awards recognise and celebrate good farm practices which promote sustainable land management.
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Run by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust, winners have been selected from each of the 11 regions involved, with a national winner announced at the gala event on Thursday.
The finalists are:
Northland: Patrick Malley, Maungatapere Berries, Maungatapere
Auckland: Ross and Eleanore Webber, Webber Family Farm, South Head
Waikato: Adrian and Pauline Ball, Dennley Farms Ltd, Tirau
Bay of Plenty: Katherine and Fraser McGougan, Willowvale Farms Ltd, Taneatua
Taranaki: Jarred and Sarah Coogan and Bryan and Helen Hocken, MataRata Downs, Tarata
East Coast: Nick and Nicky Dawson Glenelg, Patoka
Greater Wellington: Jim and Marilyn Law and Kurt and Lisa Portas, Palliser Ridge
Horizons: Simon and Trudy Hales, Kereru Farms, Dannevirke
Canterbury: Duncan and Tina Mackintosh, White Rock Mains, Waimakariri
Otago: Andrew and Lynnore Templeton, The Rocks Station, Middlemarch
Southland: Travis Leslie and Catriona Cunningham, Kepler Farm, Te Anau