Prestigious environmental accolades are awarded by the Department of Conservation during Conservation Week. One of these was an award to Holcim New Zealand to recognise the company's contribution to conservation and the community in the Buller region.
Several community support initiatives were highlighted at the award presentation; among them was the company's five year sponsorship of the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust, providing assistance for tracking and counting colonies of blue penguins to better understand the nature of their breeding and migrations, as well as carrying out habitat enhancement, predator control and planting to help improve the area.
Another initiative recognised was the wetland and bird sanctuary being created on eight hectares of Holcim land at Omau. The wetland site, used for quarrying up until the 1960s, is being turned into a unique wetland habitat complementing existing conservation projects at Cape Foulwind. Features will include a series of small lakes, a walkway around the wetland, a bird hide, and interpretative panels explaining the wetland eco-system.
A further community support initiative is the company's sponsorship of a whitebait spawning site rehabilitation project at Walls Creek, Tauranga Bay.
In presenting the award Acting West Coast Conservator Chris Hickford, said "The work that Holcim is involved with contributes greatly to the community in a conservation and education role, as well as economically. Holcim have proved to be a good corporate citizen in the Buller Area".