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Ballance Farm Environment Awards

The Ballance Farm Environment Awards recognise and celebrate good farm practices which promotes sustainable land management through an annual awards programme.

Find out more about the awards and enter here:

For more information on the BoP Ballance Farm Environment Awards go to, or contact Kirsten Winter, Bay of Plenty Regional Coordinator, phone 027 5721 244 email

2017 winners

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Environment Award winners for 2017 were:

  • Ōpōtiki dairy farmers Jared and Sue Watson (also winners of the Bay Of Plenty Supreme Award)

See other 2017 award winners here. Find out more about their farming practices in the 2017 winner brochure (pdf, 1.84MB) 

Why enter?

Benefits of entering include:

  • linking sustainable farming practices to long-term profitability
  • discussing practical farm information and business with judges from a range of fields
  • gathering new ideas and different methods from other entrants
  • confirming that your current farm management practices are sustainable
  • prizes and recognition
  • benchmark your farming business with others
  • receive independent feedback from a team of agri-professionals
  • promote the many great sustainability initiatives already happening on farms
  • tell your own great farming story


  • Regional Supreme Award
  • Ballance Agri-Nutrients Soil Management Award
  • DairyNZ Sustainability and Stewardship Award
  • Beef + Lamb New Zealand Livestock Award
  • Hill Laboratories Agri-Science Award
  • Massey University Innovation Award
  • CB Norwood Agri-Business Management Award
  • WaterForce Integrated Management Award
  • Farm Stewardship Award
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council Environmental Awards  
  • Zespri Kiwifruit Orchard Award (unique to Bay of Plenty region only)

Who is involved?

National Partners

  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Federated Farmers
  • Rabobank
  • QUII National Trust

Regional Partner

  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council  

Regional Sponsors

  • ZespriTM International Limited
  • Ports of Tauranga