Otorohanga dairy farm wins catchment improvement award

A dairy farming operation that borders the Waipa River for two kilometres near Otorohanga has won a catchment improvement award sponsored by the Waikato River Authority.

The catchment improvement category was part of the Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards that have just been announced.

The catchment improvement category was won by Rosemary and Graham Davison who farm the 103 hectare Pinewood property in the Otewa district.

Graham Davison says they were delighted to win the award as a recognition of the environmental restoration work they have carried out on the farm for more than 20 years. “It is a great honour and we are thrilled”, he says.

Mr Davison says when he and his wife first started the improvement work, particularly along the edges of the Waipa River, there was very little help and no recognition for what they were doing.

Waikato River Authority board member Jenni Vernon presented the award on behalf of the Authority and says the Davisons are a great example of farmers who are committed to land stewardship over many years.

“The Waikato River Authority is delighted to have sponsored an award which has gone to farmers who are doing everything they can to restore and protect our important waterways”.

The Authority is a co-governance body established between the Crown and Waikato River Iwi to restore the Waikato River. The Authority covers a catchment area of 11,000 square kilometres for New Zealand’s longest river. Over the next 27 years the Authority will administer $250 million to support the achievement of its purpose.


For further information contact:
Philip Burton
Communication Advisor Waikato River Authority
021 428748