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Applications open for Encore environment awards 2012
July 2012
Friends of the Waikanae River - likely nominees for this year's Encore Awards

Are you improving and restoring our region's rivers, lakes, wetlands, dunes and coasts, or developing, maintaining and promoting outdoor recreation facilities?
Or maybe you're a business or resource consent holder going the extra mile to reduce the impact of your activities?
Applications are now open for the 2012 Encore Awards, which honour individuals, community groups, businesses, schools and landowners whose sustained commitment to improving the environment, biodiversity and conservation is making the region a better place to live.
The awards are a partnership between the Greater Wellington Regional Council, the Wellington Hawke's Bay Conservancy of the Department of Conservation and the Wellington Hawke's Bay Conservation Board.
Previous winners of the Encore Awards include the Plimmerton Rotary Club for its work developing a walkway around the Pauatahanui inlet and community leader Frances Lee for more than 30 years dedicated work towards improving Trelissick Park.
They also include the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust for restoring the park's unique flora and fauna, and the Friends of Owhiro Stream for transforming the stream into an attractive habitat for native birds and animals, as well as a place of relaxation and enjoyment for people.

Applications close on Friday 14 September. For more information see or email

2012 Award Categories

  • Community Partnerships Award - honouring the contribution of community groups and organisations towards conservation and environmental restoration in the region, including the protection of native plants, animals and threatened eco-systems

  • Kaitiaki Award honouring the sustained and significant work of individuals towards conservation and environmental restoration in the region, including the protection of native plants, animals and threatened eco-systems

  • Landowners' Conservation Award - acknowledging private landowners protecting and restoring biodiversity on their land through efforts such as pest control, riparian planting and covenanting

  • Recreation Volunteers Award - acknowledging volunteer groups or individuals developing, maintaining and promoting outdoor recreation facilities to enhance people's enjoyment and appreciation of the Wellington region's natural environment

  • School Environmental Project Award honouring projects involving school students, teachers, parents and board members that contribute to conservation, improve the health of their environment and promote environmental education for sustainability

  • Excellence in Compliance Award - recognising Greater Wellington consent holders exceeding their compliance requirements to reduce or avoid adverse effects on the environment

  • Environmental Protection Award recognising businesses and individuals preventing pollution, reducing their environmental impact and making a contribution to environmental restoration and conservation.

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