Introduction

Applications are now open for the Wellington region's 2011 Encore Awards, which honour individuals, community groups, businesses, schools and landowners for sustained commitment to environmental restoration, nature and conservation.

Are you improving and restoring the Wellington region’s rivers, lakes, wetlands, dunes and coasts, and protecting and enhancing its history for future generations?

Maybe you are developing, maintaining and promoting outdoor recreation facilities, or 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 2011 Encore Awards, which honour individuals, community groups, businesses, schools and landowners whose sustained commitment to environmental restoration, nature and conservation is making the Wellington region a better place in which to live.

Encore Awards logo.
Encore Awards logo

The awards are a partnership between Greater Wellington Regional Council, the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Wellington Hawke’s Bay Conservancy and the Wellington Hawke's Bay Conservation Board.

“Once again we are pleased to partner with DOC and the Conservation Board to offer these awards, and for the support of Meridian Energy and the Historic Places Trust,” Greater Wellington Environment Wellbeing Committee chairperson Barbara Donaldson says.

“There are many people in our region going the extra mile to protect and improve the natural environment and the awards are our opportunity to show our appreciation for their efforts,” Cr Donaldson says.

“They also highlight what’s being done by so many in our community to ensure that the past is not forgotten, and entice people outdoors to appreciate nature,” says Wellington Hawke’s Bay Conservation Board chair Helen Algar.

“Leading by example, they encourage us all to look after our natural environment, to get from it the benefits we need for our health and well-being and our prosperity,”DOC’s Wellington Hawke’s Bay conservator Alan McKenzie adds.

This year there are three new award categories to honour groups or individuals developing, maintaining and promoting outdoor recreation facilities, landowners protecting and restoring biodiversity on their land, and businesses and individuals preventing pollution, and reducing their environmental impact.
 
Applications close on Friday 26 August.  

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