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Published: 2008-02-14 00:00:00

A passion for tramping and the outdoors helped University of Waikato student Louise Fisk to the top of her water science class.

Today she has been recognised for her efforts. Louise was awarded Environment Waikato’s Prize in Water Science at the council’s Environment Committee meeting in Hamilton.

The Environment Waikato prize was established in 1990 by Sir Ross Jansen with the University of Waikato Earth Sciences Department. It is awarded annually to the top student enrolled in water science papers within the University of Waikato’s School of Science and Engineering degree.

Environment Committee chair Jane Hennebry said Louise’s many interests in soils, plants, hydrology and the formation of landscapes were admirable.

Miss Fisk said she had always been interested in tramping and the outdoors.

“It made me want to know how different things in the environment happen and why – fresh water is vital to it all.”

Miss Fisk has nearly completed her Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree in earth sciences and biology, and her love for learning and understanding has prompted her to consider further studies in hydrology and botany next year.

In recognition of Miss Fisk’s efforts at university she was presented with a certificate and a $500 Bennett’s book voucher to help with study costs.

“We are privileged to award Louise with the prize in water science in recognition of her achievements as a top student,” Cr Hennebry said.

What is Environment Waikato?
Environment Waikato is the regional council for the Waikato region.
The council’s area extends from the Bombay Hills in the north to Mt Ruapehu in the south, and from the mouth of the Waikato River to Mokau on the west coast, across to the Coromandel Peninsula on the east.
The region contains nationally important electricity generation facilities and an internationally significant dairy sector. It is also home to iconic natural features which are key tourist attractions.
Environment Waikato’s responsibilities include:

  • sustainable management of natural and physical resources, including pest control.
  • planning regional growth and transport, and providing bus services.
  • civil defence, emergency response, navigation safety, dam safety, flood management, erosion control and road safety.