Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust receives Customer Service Award

Akaroa District Promotions has awarded the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust with a Customer Service Award. The Award, which is sponsored by the Akaroa Mail, recognises the work the Trust has done on Banks Peninsula. Hollie Hollander said “The people of Banks Peninsula are privileged to have the Rod Donald Trust working for the conservation and improvement of the environment we live in. We all benefit from the great work they do improving the walking and cycling access on Banks Peninsula”. The award recognises the following work of the Trust in particular:

·      In conjunction with the Department of Conservation, the Trust has developed the existing network of walking tracks from Gebbies Pass to Hilltop

·      Purchased and developed the new Rod Donald Hut in Western Valley

·      In partnership with the New Zealand Native Forest Restoration Trust, Maurice White Native Forest Trust and Christchurch City Council have purchased and developed a large new reserve bordering onto Hinewai above Akaroa

·      In partnership with the Josef Langer Trust added more land to its reserve in Le Bons Bay, with the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust to covenant this land and Permanent Forests to register it for carbon credits

·      Participated in, promoting and financially supporting the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival held annually in November

·      Updated and marketing the “Banks Peninsula Walks Overview” book and the three Akaroa walking brochures.

Hollie Hollander from Akaroa District Promotions presents RDBPT manager Suky Thompson with the Customer Service Award