Encore for our environmental champions!
Greater Wellington Regional Council, the Department of Conservation's Wellington Hawke's Bay Conservancy and the Wellington Hawke's Bay Conservation Board developed the Encore Awards to honour individuals, groups, school communities and landowners whose sustained commitment to environmental restoration, biodiversity and conservation is making the Wellington region a better place to live.
Winner, School Environmental Project Award: Raumati South School Go Green Team
Raumati South's enthusiastic Go Green Team of children, school staff, parents, grandparents and Forest and Bird members, have developed and maintained fruit and vegetable gardens, replanted some 4,000 native trees and plants throughout the school, undertaken composting, and created habitats for weta and lizards. They're also conserving water by collecting rainwater in large tanks and pumping it around the garden.
Encore Awards judges said the Go Green students’ knowledge of conservation, the environment and biodiversity was impressive. The children had made amazing progress in a short timeframe.
Winner, Landowners Conservation Award: John Grant
John Grant's property of grazing pastoral land has been transformed with the help of well-known landscape architect Jacob De Ruiter. The land, bordered by stands of titoki, mahoe and kanuka, has been re-vegetated step by step, connecting areas of high ecological significance and creating a natural garden for birdlife to flourish.
Joint Winners, Excellence in Compliance Award: TIC Golf Projects Ltd & Royal Wellington Golf Club, for redevelopment of Royal Wellington Golf Course
Project contractor TIC Golf Projects and site owner Royal Wellington Golf Club have demonstrated an understanding of the environment surrounding the golf course site and the potential effects of works on it. Impacts of works have been minimised through excellent sediment control, extensive streamside plantings, wetlands to control stormwater runoff and improve the look of the site, and rock lining of a stream channel to provide for fish passage.
Daily monitoring is in place to check the effectiveness of erosion and sediment control measures, and the parties have communicated any changes to controls effectively and regularly. This has resulted in both parties having not only met but exceeded the compliance requirements for multiple consents issued by the Wellington Regional Council for this project.
Winner, Environmental Protection Award: CE Spray Collision Repairs
This Masterton company has developed a variety of practices to avoid environmental incidents and minimise its environmental impact, including installing a wash bay to keep sediment from the stormwater drains, providing spill kits, maintaining filters, painting the stormwater drains and using the water-based Enviropaint wherever possible. The company has made sure staff are aware of its environmental procedures, and staff take great pride in their workplace, including ensuring everything that can be recycled is.
Winner, Recreation Volunteers Award: Rimutaka Forest Park Trust
The Trust is protecting and restoring natural vegetation and wildlife in over 3,000 hectares of rugged, mountainous terrain. Its success owes a lot to dedicated volunteers who trap stoats and rats, track and handle kiwi, repair and assemble traps, conduct dog aversion training, and undertake weed control. Monitoring is showing a rise in numbers of whiteheads, tom tits, kereru, robins, and kiwis. The Rimutaka Forest Park Trust is well governed with strong community support and involvement, strong corporate support, and good long term prospects for outcomes that deliver public enjoyment and appreciation.
Winner, Kaitiaki Award: Ann Evans, Whareroa Guardians
Ann Evans' leadership has enabled the Whareroa Guardians to undertake significant environmental conservation and recreation development work at Whareroa Farm, with at least 36,000 native plants planted there since 2005.
An inspirational leader and doer, Ann gives countless hours of her time to planting, weeding, sourcing plants and monitoring. She also recruits, encourages, trains and retains a large volunteer group, and she applies her skills to fundraising, newsletters, and writing applications and legal documents.
In addition to a busy life as local community doctor, Ann Evans has a long-term vision and long-term goals for Whareroa Farm, and she is inspiring and encouraging others to share them and to be successful.
Winner, Community Partnerships Award: Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park
This Friends group has been protecting and restoring the park's valuable ecosystems for nearly a decade. Key areas of the park such as the remnant forest, the Marines Wetland and Whareroa Stream have been transformed through a massive 200,000 native plants covering 20 hectares. Valuable work is also being done to try to stabilise the dunes on the foreshore of the park.
The Friends have a long-term approach to improving the park's biodiversity with their strong vision guiding a long-term plan for the park, a Heritage Framework and a Sustainable Land Use Plan. Their strong leadership and advocacy has contributed to Queen Elizabeth Park’s environmental, conservational and recreational values.
Khandallah School Room 14 (School Environmental Project Award) for getting more children to use active transport to get to school.
Porirua City Council (Excellence in Compliance Award) for very good compliance surrounding the construction of Te Ara Piko, a pathway around the Pauatahanui Inlet.
Makara Peak Mountain Bike Supporters Club (Recreation Volunteers Award) for excellent work restoring the Makara Peak mountain bike area – an excellent example of conservation and mountain biking working together and a seedbed for other mountain biking/conservation projects in the Wellington region.
Upper Hutt Forest and Bird for its Hull's Creek Restoration Project (Community Partnerships Award) for making excellent progress transforming the stream and encouraging the return of aquatic animals and fish.
They include a rotary group developing a walkway around the Pauatahanui inlet, a community stalwart with more than 30 years dedicated work towards improving her local environment, a community group restoring native plants and birds to the Rimutaka Forest Park and many more.
Who can enter?
Anyone in the Wellington region can enter, as long as you can demonstrate a contribution to conservation in the region, improving the environment and biodiversity, and, for businesses, reducing the impact of your activities on the environment. If you are a business with a consent with Greater Wellington, talk to your Greater Wellington resource adviser about the Excellence in Compliance Award.
Applications for the 2012 Encore Awards are now closed. The awards ceremony was held on Monday 3rd December.
How are the awards judged?
The applications are judged by a panel of experts from Greater Wellington, Department of Conservation and the Wellington Hawke's Bay Conservation Board. Judging takes place in September and October.
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