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Bob Stewart Environment Award 2011

Trevor Stones

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Bob Stewart was one of the Rotary Club of Newmarket pioneers who answered the International Rotary President's call in 1990 to "Preserve Planet Earth".

The Club adopted a forest remnant at Mullet Bay, Motutapu, and have been active in supporting the restoration project ever since.

To celebrate 100 years of Rotary, the Club built the Rotary Centennial Walkway in 2005 and are working with the Trust and the Department of Conservation to extend this walkway into a Home Bay Loop Track which will provide visitors with a two hour bush and ridge round trip walking experience through the Home Bay volunteer planted forest.

The Club also established in 2005 the Rotary Club of Newmarket Bob Stewart Environmental Award to recognise individuals who had made a significant contribution to "preserving Planet Earth". Previous awardees include Richard Griffiths who led the Department of Conservation's pest eradication project and Luis Ortiz - Catedral for both his contribution to the development of a green corridor for birds in the Hauraki Gulf and the translocation of the kakariki within this corridor.

Rotary Club of Newmarket President Roger Gower,
Bob Stewart Environment Award winner, Trevor Stones and Rosemary Stewart

In the citation nominating Trevor for this year's award, Rotary acknowledged that the success of the restoration project was due to the ....."Incredible support of Motutapu's volunteers.....but that there had been no greater, no more effective and no more productive volunteer than Trevor Stones. He has given his skills and experience over 30 years to a huge number of conservation projects in the Auckland Region: Shakespeare, Wenderholme, Tiritiri Matangi, and Motuora, not to mention Motutapu."

Rosemary Stewart and President Roger Gower made the presentation to Trevor whose thank you remarks were typical of Trevor, quiet, sincere and committed.

Rotary Club of Newmarket President Roger Gower,
and the Chair of the Motutapu Restoration Trust, Chris Fletcher

Motutapu Restoration Trust Chair Christine Fletcher spoke of her pleasure in seeing Trevor honoured in this way. Chris was also appreciative of the excellent support the Trust had received from the Rotary Club of Newmarket and was surprised to be presented with a "History of the Rotary Club of Newmarket" which included a colourful presentation of the Club's involvement on Motutapu.