Environmental Awards 2019

About the awards

Right across our beautiful region, amazing work is happening in our communities to protect and enhance our unique environment.

The inaugural Northland Regional Council Environmental Awards are about recognising the people and organisations making that work happen.

It’s a chance to highlight the can-do attitudes and incredible contributions that Northlanders are making to help our environment thrive – and we think that’s well worth celebrating.

2019 Award finalists

We are excited to announce the following finalists in the eight categories covering the broad range of environmental enhancement projects and activities happening in Taitokerau.

A Supreme Award will also be presented on the night for the most outstanding entry.

Environmental action in the community

People gathering data on the beach.

This award recognises individuals or groups who are working collaboratively within their community to protect and improve Northland’s environment.

  • Friends of Matakohe-Limestone Island Society (FOMLI)
  • Mark Vincent, Otamatea HarbourCare Society
  • Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust
  • Nga Roto Tapokapoka Te Hiku Dune Lakes, Te Hiku Iwi Development Trust
  • Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board

Environmental action in pest management

Setting a trap.

This award recognises individuals or groups who are committed to projects and activities that support pest management in Northland.

  • DOC Livestock
  • Friends of Matakohe-Limestone Island Society (FOMLI)
  • Puketotara Landcare Group
  • Steve Allan
  • Tradescantia Terminators

Environmental action in education

Children monitoring on the beach.

This award recognises those in the education sector that are driving learning and action to bring about change on environmental issues. The award is specific to schools, kura Māori, early childhood centres or tertiary institutions, and can include the whole school, groups or individuals.

  • Comrie Park Kindergarten
  • Mairtown Kindergarten, Northland Kindergarten Association
  • Ngataki and Te Hapua Schools
  • Ngunguru School Earth Ed programme
  • Tradescantia Terminators

Environmental action in water quality improvement

Building a fence.

This award recognises individuals, groups and businesses who are taking action to protect and enhance water quality and biodiversity values within water bodies in Northland.

  • Andrew Booth
  • Dargaville Intermediate School Native Plant Nursery
  • Nga Kaitiaki O Nga Wai Maori
  • Whitebait Connection

Environmental action in industry

Sorting oranges.

This award recognises businesses that demonstrate sustainable practices which contribute to the sustainable development of natural resources in Northland.

  • Broadspectrum Transport NZ – Whangarei
  • CBEC
  • DOC Livestock
  • Hancock Forest Management NZ- Northland Office
  • Plasback

Environmental leadership

Woman holding tree to plant.

This award recognises an individual or group whose leadership, support of others and willingness to share ideas and resources is making a significant contribution to Northland’s environment.

  • Backyard Kiwi
  • Comrie Park Kindergarten
  • Helen Moodie
  • Iwi Te Roroa – Waipoua Forest
  • Kim Jones

Environmental innovation

Woman looking through microscope.

This award recognises those who have demonstrated innovation and initiative in protecting, restoring or enhancing Northland’s environment.

  • Hancock Forest Management NZ
  • Northport Limited
  • Shane Hyde
  • Steve Allan


Woman planting on sand dune.

This award recognises the unique relationship tangata whenua have with natural and physical resources in accordance with tikanga Māori, and is open to whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori organisations.

  • Birdie Club
  • Ngataki and Te Hapua Schools
  • Noho Taiao, Te Rarawa Anga Mua
  • Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board
  • Te Toa Whenua

Recognition and reward

The winners of the awards will be announced and celebrated at an awards ceremony on Thursday, 23 May 2019. The event will provide an opportunity to network and share success stories.

All Northland Regional Council Environmental Awards finalists will receive:

  • Up to four tickets to the awards function in Whangārei on Thursday, 23 May 2019
  • Certificate of achievement
  • Inclusion in the awards collateral and communications programme.

Award winners in each category will receive:

  • A trophy and certificate of achievement
  • Inclusion in the awards collateral, media and communications programme
  • A cash prize of $1000

An additional trophy will be presented to the Supreme Award winner who will hold this for one year.

Contact us

If you have any queries about entering, categories, dates, awards ceremony or require any further information please get in touch.

Marketing and Engagement team
P (09) 470 1200
E events@nrc.govt.nz

It’s time we recognise the people who are making a difference to Northland’s environment. We want to celebrate you, our community of Taitokerau.