Alice Lands Ambassador Award

 

 

Pukekohe’s Alice Ward-Allen is one of two talented Auckland students who have won the sought-after Blake Ambassador Award, and will be helping scientists answer environmental questions facing New Zealand.

Alice, a former Pukekohe High School student, took out the award for the Hawkes Bay Landscape-scale Ecological Restoration project. This will see her working alongside other award winner, Rachel Cooper and Department of Conservation (DOC) rangers and partners on the large scale Cape to City ecological project. The aim of the project is to enhance native biodiversity in the Hawke’s Bay region from 8-27 Februrary 2016.
The Ambassadorships will include work such as trap and bait station setting and monitoring, feeding Kaka, preparing petrel nest boxes, kiwi and pateke monitoring, bittern habitat restoration and reptile monitoring.
The Sir Peter Blake Trust, in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand, the Antarctic Heritage Trust, NIWA and DOC, awarded 14 awards in total this year, eight more than last year.
Alice has just completed her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Zoology and Ecology at the University of Otago. During her time in Dunedin, Alice has been involved with numerous pest eradication and conservation programmes in the Otago Region.
“Conserving our environment and making people aware of what’s happening in our own backyard is so important. I can’t wait to actually get in the field and make a difference after three years of learning all about the change that needs to happen,” she says.
To be eligible to receive a Blake Ambassador Award, applicants must be 18-25 years old with leadership potential, and have demonstrated a passion for the environment. In some cases, study in the relevant field may be required. Applications for the 2016 awards will open in April 2016.

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