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 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.

Supreme award winners - 2019

Comrie Park Kindergarten team.

The Comrie Park Kindergarten team… named supreme award winner at the Northland Regional Council’s inaugural ‘Environmental Awards’. Kindergarten head teacher Anna Alexander is pictured far right, next to council chairman Bill Shepherd. Ms Alexander is holding the supreme winner’s trophy created especially for the event by Korotangi Kapa Kingi.

2019 Award winners and finalists

See the full feature about our award winners in the Northern Advocate's e-book

Environmental action in the community

» Friends of Matakohe-Limestone Island Society

Children wearing lifejackets on a boat.

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 - Highly commended
  • Nga Roto Tapokapoka Te Hiku Dune Lakes, Te Hiku Iwi Development Trust - Highly commended
  • Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust
  • Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board

Environmental action in pest management

» Puketotara Landcare Group

Man and woman sitting on rocks

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

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

Environmental action in education

» Comrie Park Kindergarten

Woman and children in sandpit.

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
  • Ngataki and Te Hapua Schools - Highly commended
  • Ngunguru School Earth Ed programme - Highly commended
  • Mairtown Kindergarten, Northland Kindergarten Association
  • Tradescantia Terminators

Environmental action in water quality improvement

» Whitebait Connection

Woman by a stream.

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.

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

Environmental action in industry

» Hancock Forest Management NZ - Northland Office

Man tying equipment to a tree.

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

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

Environmental leadership

» Iwi Te Roroa – Waipoua Forest

Kauri tree.

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.

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

Environmental innovation

» Steve Allan

Man a workbench with tools.

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

  • Steve Allan
  • Shane Hyde - Highly commended
  • Hancock Forest Management NZ - Highly commended
  • Northport Limited

Kaitiakitanga

» Noho Taiao, Te Rarawa Anga Mua

People standing on a jetty.

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.

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

Recognition and reward

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

All Northland Regional Council Environmental Awards finalists received:

  • Up to four tickets to the awards function
  • Certificate of achievement
  • Inclusion in the awards collateral and communications programme.

Award winners in each category received:

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

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

Contact us

If you have any queries about these awards, 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.