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Wanted: Environmental Champions in Northland

February 19, 2020

Environmental champions are being asked to put their names forward for this year’s ‘Environmental Awards’, organised by the Northland Regional Council to recognise their work for the betterment of the region.

The 2020 awards are designed to recognise and celebrate kaitiakitanga in action and highlight the ‘can-do’ attitudes and remarkable contributions so many people from all walks of life are making to help our environment thrive.

Examples include efforts to get rid of pests so our native species can flourish, clearing weeds, planting erosion-prone land, stream banks and wetlands, and sustainability projects in schools.

More than 90 nominations were received when the awards were launched last year with eight award categories covering a broad range of environmental enhancement projects and activities.  Matarau-based Comrie Park Kindergarten won supreme award for the overall winner.

This year’s celebration follows a similar format, covering environmental action in:

  • the community
  • pest management
  • education
  • water quality improvement
  • industry
  • leadership
  • innovation, and
  • kaitiakitanga.

Entrants are welcome from all sectors including individuals, community groups, schools, tangata whenua, businesses and leaders. Projects, activities and contributions must be located within Northland and demonstrate significant benefit to the region’s environment.

Entries and nominations can be made via www.nrc.govt.nz/environmentalawards and further information is available from the council’s marketing and engagement team events@nrc.govt.nz or freephone 0800 002 004.

It’s free to enter and people can nominate themselves or others who have agreed to put their names forward.  Entries close on Sunday 22 March 2020.